Even if you don’t know much about electricity, you can do a lot to keep yourself and your family safe, just by keeping an eye out for warning signs of potential danger.

Are your appliances safe?

After years of use, appliances start to suffer from damage, corrosion, and decay. The trouble is, living alongside our televisions, washing machines, hair dryers, kettles, lamps, etc, we become accustomed to the way they look, and we might not notice change. After all, we’ve been growing older with them!

But take a step back and look at your appliances from an outsider’s point of view. Do they look like they’ve just been taken out of the box? No, of course not. So how do they look?

Signs of wear and tear:

  • cracked plug cases
  • burn marks on plugs or cables
  • frequently blown fuses
  • smell of burning
  • damaged cables
  • wires protruding from plugs
  • burnt / corroded / warped light fittings

If an electrical appliance is showing signs of old age or over-use, we would advise you to replace the item, or to have it assessed by a qualified electrician.

Is your wiring safe?

Although most of a home’s electrical installation is tidily tucked away, out of sight, there are ways of identifying risks and faults.

Warning signs:

  • no RCD (residual current device) in the consumer unit
  • hot plugs
  • frequently blown fuses
  • damaged sockets
  • scorched sockets
  • flickering lights

If you spot any of these warning signs, now is the time to give us a call.

Playing safe with electricity

In the interests of safety, here are some big fat DON’Ts!

  • Don’t overload plug sockets.
  • Don’t run cables under carpets and rugs, where damage can’t be seen.
  • Don’t allow cables to become a trip hazard.
  • Don’t put cables close to water or a source of heat.
  • NEVER take mains-powered appliances into the bathroom / wet-room / shower.
  • Don’t store combustible materials around your consumer unit.

If you are in any doubt about the safety of your electrical installation, or an appliance, please don’t hesitate to call us on 01603 559 311.