When was the last time you checked your electrics? Electrical fires are more common than may be think but there are a few steps that you can take to safeguard your home.
Last night (24 March) at 19.51 two appliances were sent to a property in Dunsters Mill Road, in Ticehurst.
Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus tackle tackled the accidental electrical fire using 1-in-7 foam.
Registering your appliances in the home ensures that you are the first to hear when manufactures occasionally recall products with potential safety problems.
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Key electrical safety advice:
- Keep them dry- this includes plugs and sockets, not a good idea to put a vase of flowers on top of the TV, for example
- Switch them off at night- unless they are designed to be left on, like freezers
- Anything made of metal, or has a metallic finish or parts shouldn't go into a microwav
Keep electrical items in good working order
- Electrical appliances, especially ones that run at high speeds and contain motors, like washing machines, should be serviced once a year by a qualified electrician.
- Follow the manufacturer's instructions
Regularly run these checks over your equipment
Plugs and sockets
Keep an eye out for the following:
- Hot plugs or sockets, scorch marks, fuses that often blow, or flickering lights - they are all are signs of loose wiring or other electrical problems
- Badly wired plugs- any coloured wires sticking out could come loose and debris could also get into the plug
- Are the wiresare held firmly in place inside the plug
- Overloaded sockets- plugging too many electrical appliances into one socket can lead to overheating
- Use sockets safely- it's better to use a bar adapter (multi-board) on a lead than a block adaptor
- Only use one adaptor per socket- don't plug one adaptor into another and try to keep to one plug per socket
Cables and leads
- Getting frayed and damaged- make sure the outer covering of all power leads is in good condition and replace if necessary?
- Badly positioned- they shouldn't be anywhere that they could be tripped over, or near water, cookers or other sources of heat?
- Running them under rugs or carpetswhere they can wear through without anyone noticing - position them elsewhere?