Electrical Safety Around the Home

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Electrical safety around the home

Landlord installations

As your landlord, we will ensure that the electrical wiring in your home, including plug sockets & switches, is properly installed & maintained. We will carry out an electrical safety check in your home every 10 years.

Your appliances

  • Check plugs & sockets for burn marks, sounds of buzzing or crackling (‘arcing’), fuses blowing or circuit breakers tripping or overheating
  • Remove plugs from sockets carefully to avoid damaging the connection
  • Only use plugs with the British Standard CE safety mark
  • Check that no coloured wires are showing between the plug & cable before use
  • Unplug appliances before doing any repair work, or before filling kettles, steam irons etc. with water
  • Never trail flexible cables under a carpet or rug, or across a walkway
  • Never dry clothes on an electric heater
  • Never cover ventilation slots
  • Never store combustible materials close to electrical appliances (including fuse boxes, electricity metres or cut out fuses)
  • Don’t drill holes or fix nails in walls or partitions without knowing what is hidden behind them as you could damage electrical cables (as well as gas & water pipes)
  • Do not use extension leads plugged into other extension leads or overload them
  • Never use appliances when your hands are wet
  • Never wrap cables around appliances when they are still warm
  • Never bring mains powered portable appliances such as hairdryers, heaters & radiators into the bathroom
  • Turn off all appliances before bed, unless they are designed to be left on such as a freezer.

Visit www.electricalsafetyfirst.org.uk for more electrical safety tips around the home.

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