Did you know that electricity causes over 20,000 accidental fires in UK homes every year?
Contact with live electric wiring or mains can cause electric shock (leading to cardiac arrest and death), burns, fire and/or explosions.
- Keep all electrical appliances away from fire
- Keep cables neat, tidy and tucked away to prevent trip hazards and pets from chewing the cables
- Check appliance cables regularly for damage such as frays, cuts and kinks
- Know where the fuse board, RCDs (Residual Current Device) and circuit breakers are located and how to test and operate them
- Make sure that outdoor electrical appliances such as lawn mowers are protected by an RCD
- Drill holes or fix nails into the walls without knowing what is behind them. Walls hide electrical cable and pipework
- Pull the cord to remove a plug from the socket, as it can cause damage to the plug, socket or appliance
- Attempt electrical repairs or rewiring without proper certification and experience
- Overload an extension lead as it will overheat and can cause a fire
REMEMBER: If you have an electrical fire, never throw water on it!