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Electrical equipment

melted plug socketUse these simple measures to protect your home from electrical hazards:

  • Keep your eyes peeled for signs of dangerous or loose wiring such as scorch marks, hot plugs and sockets, fuses that blow or circuit-breakers that trip.
  • Appliances use different amounts of power so check the amps on the plug and make sure you don’t go over 13 amps in a wall socket.
  • Don’t fold electric blankets, as this damages the internal wiring. Store them flat and don’t buy second hand.
  • Keep portable heaters clear of curtains and furniture and never use them for drying clothes. Don’t sit too close to portable heaters.
  • Register your larger electrical appliances so you can find out about safety repairs or recalls.

 Bedtime fire safety routine

Many fires in the home start at night. Make sure you have a bedtime fire safety routine to help keep you and your family safe. Here are a few simple things you should do every night:

  • Turn off and unplug electrical appliances unless, like a freezer, they are designed to be left on
  • Check your cooker is turned off.
  • Turn heaters off and put up fireguards.
  • Put candles and cigarettes out properly.
  • Close the doors of all rooms.
  • Keep door and window keys where everyone can find them.
  • Fit smoke alarms on every level of your home and test them regularly to ensure they work.

 Are your sockets overloaded?

Use the calculator provided by the Electrical Safety Council to find out.

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