Plugs and cables

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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
    on overnight.
  • 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.

Further information

Community Fire Safety

Telephone: 01743 260 200