Home electrical safety tips
Home electrical safety tips – Home is our safe place, the place we go to relax! Is your home safe from electrical disasters? Electricity is amazing and fuels most of our day to day activities but it can also be incredibly dangerous when misused or badly maintained. We have compiled a list of our top home electrical safety tips to keep you safe within your home.
Electrical safety tips for your home:
- Don’t overload sockets! In a world where we are almost literally plugged in at all times, it’s easy to forget and to overload sockets.
- Dry yourself thoroughly after a shower, do not touch anything electrical with wet or even damp hands! Take extra care with wet hair as it can drip onto plug sockets.
- Do not cover plugs or extension leads! Covering plugs or extension leads can cause them to overheat and could potentially cause a house fire.
- If you haven’t already, install a smoke alarm. If you already have one installed to make sure to test it regularly.
- Keep electronic devices out the way of young children and pets! Especially hamsters, rats and rabbits, the outer coating on wires is irresistible to small animals as they love to chew on them and store and use it for bedding.
- Never plug a heater into an extension cord – electric heaters require a vast amount of electricity, meaning they can burn out if they’re not plugged into the mains!
- Use the official chargers for your devices! We know the unofficial ones are cheaper but they can also be the incorrect voltage for your device and cause it to overheat.
- Check, double check and triple check that the cooker is turned off after use.
- Turn off hair straighteners after use and place them on a heat resilient mat. If you struggle to remember then it doesn’t hurt to be extra safe and unplug them also. Hair straighteners have caused 650,000 house fires in the UK.
- Don’t use electrical appliances with damaged wires! They may seem ok and work perfectly but you could get a nasty shock from them.
- Get your electrics tested and any electrical work done by an accredited electrician.