Electrical Safety Tips : 15 things you should know

By March 21, 2015Electrical safety

Electrical Safety tips

Most of us take electricity for granted as an easy way to power our homes but we should also be aware of the dangers.

Things you should never do

  • 1. Don’t remove a plug from a power point by pulling on the cord; pull the plug instead.

  • 2.Never plug adaptors into adaptors and avoid using adaptors filled with plugs where possible.

  • 3.Never run heavy duty equipment off extension leads e.g. Washing machines, kettles and tumble dryers.

  • 4. Do not use any electrical items in the bathroom unless specifically designed for use there, e.g. Shavers and electric toothbrushes.

  • 5. Do not use items with damaged cords so that the wires are exposed. Either repair or replace. Check items regularly.

  • 6. Do not use damaged sockets, replace with care when necessary.

  • 7. Contact an electrician if you smell burning. Faulty electrics pose a serious fire risk.

  • 8. Always turn the electrics off at the mains if carrying out any electrical repairs and only attempt repairs if you know what you are doing.

  • 9.Do not use electrical equipment outside if it’s raining

  • 10. Use the correct wattage light bulb for all light fittings.

  • 11.Circuit breakers and fuses should be the correct size current rating for their circuit.

  • 12. If a Circuit is tripping, contact an electrician. Do not keep resetting the switch. It may be tripping for a reason.

  • 13. Never attempt DIY on electrics unless you are competent, always consult a qualified electrician.

  • 14. Remember to test RCD's regularly, Testing the RCD regularly ensures your electrical system is as safe as it can be.

  • 15. Discard/Replace worn out appliances.

Summary

Tripping Fuses. Burning smells and noises are often a cause for concern, always contact a qualified electrician in case of an electrical emergency. Ensure to test your RCDs. Electrical faults can cause electric shocks and cause fires, it’s important to have your electrical system inspected within the recommended dates. Recommended dates can be found on previous installation certificates.We hope our blog about electrical safety tips provide some useful tips for you, if you have any questions please contact us and we’ll be happy to help.