• Visually check electrical appliances and cables regularly. Look out for danger signs such as scorch marks on plugs or sockets, frayed or damaged cables, loose pins or screws, flickering lights and fuses that keep blowing for no reason. The majority of dangerous defects in electrical appliances can be identified by carrying out these checks
  • Report any repairs to electrical installations and sockets to us
  • Switch off appliances that are not being used and remove the mains plug from the socket outlet
  • Remove electrical plugs from the socket carefully – be careful not to pull the flex or lead
  • Ensure plugs conform to British Standards 1363 or 1363A
  • Make sure you wire plugs correctly and the clamp in the plug grips the outer sheath or the cable or lead
  • Do not run flexes or leads under carpets or rugs
  • Wherever possible, use short flexes and check their condition regularly
  • Avoid using adapters as these can overload sockets and result in overheating
  • Do not overload your sockets or extension leads
  • Always fit the correct fuse in a plug. Check the rating plate on the appliance to find the correct fuse size and if in doubt, contact an electrician for advice
  • Do not alter or install electrical wiring within your property
  • Do not store things on top of your microwave
  • Do not take any mains powered items into the bathroom
  • Do not take electrical gardening equipment outside when it is wet
  • Make sure electric heaters are kept away from curtains, furniture and paper and never use them to dry clothes.

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