Electrical Safety

General Advice: 

  • When using electronic devices always use the official charger and don’t be tempted to use cheap counterfeit replicas instead. 
  • Ensure that you replace all damaged cables and chargers. 
  • Make sure all electrical appliances have a British or European safety mark when you buy them. 
  • Don’t overload your sockets - keep one appliance to one plug where possible. 

Electrical Appliances 

Some useful tips when using electrical appliances: 

  • Never put anything metallic in the microwave. 
  • Do not leave your washing machine on overnight or when you go out. 
  • Clean the filter on your tumble dryer regularly and remove fluff. 
  • Clean behind the fridge and freezer to avoid the blocking of air vents. 

Electric Blankets 

Some important tips when using electric blankets: 

  • Don’t leave electric blankets folded when storing them over summer months as this damage the internal wiring - store them flat or rolled up. 
  • If your electric blanket isn’t thermostat controlled, unplug the blanket before you get into bed. 
  • Don’t buy second-hand blankets - check your blanket regularly for wear and tear. 
  • If your blanket is over 10 years old, replace it and dispose of the old one at your nearest recycling centre.