Top tips to avoid an electrical fire in your home

Want to know the risks and how you can avoid them? This guide is full of hints and tips to help you stay safe.

Don't overload extension cables

Plugging more than one appliance into an extension cable can overload the socket.

See which appliances can be combined safely with this socket calculator.

Never link extension cables

Creating a chain of extension cables increases the risk of overloading it.

If you need to plug in lots of appliances, use just one extension cable for each wall plug. Never plug one extension cable into another. This can be extremely dangerous.

Charge your mobile safely

Mobile phones get hot when they charge. Left under a pillow, this heat can quickly reach dangerous levels.

Make sure you give your devices space to breathe when they’re charging.

Register your appliances

Faulty appliances like washing machines and tumble dryers are a major cause of electrical fire.

If you register them, the manufacturer can let you know if there’s a fault or recall.

Replace damaged cables

A frayed cable might get the job done but if moisture comes into contact with the wire, it can start a fire.

As soon as you see a damaged casing, replace the cable.

Don’t cover your cables

Hiding cables under carpets and rugs makes problems harder to spot.

Use wall clips or get an electrician to install more mains sockets.

Check your wiring

Your walls and ceilings can hide all kinds of electrical problems.

Each time you move house, or every ten years, ask an electrician to check the wiring in your home is safe.

Switch off at night

If there’s a fire at night, you’re less likely to notice than in the day.

Always check you’ve turned off your appliances at night if they’re not in use, such as your cooker, tumble dryer and even fairy lights.

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