Plugs and cables
Just because there is no flame does not mean there is no risk from electricity. Electric wires do not even have to touch anything for a spark to jump and a fire to start.
Danger signs - what to check for
Safety tip: Turn off and unplug electrical appliances when they are not being used, unless they are designed to be left on (for example, freezers and dvd/video recorders).
- Watch out for hot plugs and sockets, fuses that blow for no reason, flickering lights, and scorch marks on sockets or plugs.
- Check electrical leads and plugs for wear and tear and faulty wiring. Frayed leads or exposed internal wires are fire risks.
- Do not overload sockets – use one plug in each socket.
- Keep electrical leads, plugs and appliances away from water.
- Keep electrical appliances clean and in good working order, and have them serviced regularly. This is especially important for washing machines and tumble dryers that may be left
- Never buy an electrical appliance without knowing it is safe to use. New appliances should have the British or European safety mark on it. If the appliance is second-hand, always have it
checked by a qualified electrician before you use it.
Plugs and cables
- Prevent overheating by using the right fuse
- Throw away and replace damaged cables
- Never use tape to mend or join cables
- Never run cables under mats or carpets where you cannot see wear and tear
- Do not overload sockets
- Wire plugs carefully
- Never cut sealed plugs off to use them again
Do not take chances with electricity - if you have any concerns, consult a qualified electrician
Don’t take risks. - there is no such thing as a safe fire. It’s better for you to prevent fire than to fight it. Tackling fire is a job best left to professional firefighters.