Many house holders often call and electrician to ask if there is a problem with their electrical supply. Understandably, homeowners are not sure if it is safe to continue to use their electrical appliances at home or if they should call an electrician.
The basic advice is if you suspect a problem with an electrical appliance, unplug and stop using it immediately. However, if you suspect a problem with your electrical installation then consult your local qualified registered electrician.
Many electrical fires are caused in homes in the UK through improper use of electrical appliances. Often electrical fires can be easily prevented by making a few common sense precautions when using electrical appliances.
Below is a list of safety tips to review. Remember if you are in doubt, do not take any risks and consult an electrician as soon as possible. The sooner the problem is rectified, the cheaper it is to repair.
Essential Electrical Safety Tips:
- Do not pull electrical appliances out of sockets by the cable, always pull from the socket by the plug.
- Never plug an extension lead into an extension lead, and limit the use of extension leads where possible. Do not exceed the Amps shown on the extension lead.
- Switch off electrical appliances when not in use, this is especially important at night When you go away on holiday, ensure that all non-essential items are unplugged to minimise the risk of electrical fire and to save energy.
- Do not use any electrical items in the bathroom, as this is highly dangerous. The exceptions to this would be for items designed specifically for use in bathrooms, these being items such as shavers and electric toothbrushes.
- Check the cords on electrical appliances, particularly to ensure the plug is securely in place and there are no obvious signs of damage on the cable itself. If any damage is found, do not use the appliance. Check items regularly.
- Always turn electrical appliances off at the mains before attempting to carry out any maintenance such as changing a light bulb, cleaning filters on hair dryers and cleaning. Only attempt repairs if you know what you are doing.
- Ensure that when purchasing electrical items, they are brought from reputable sources and inspect the appliance before use. Ensure the instructions are followed for correct set up.
- Do not use electrical appliances outside if it is raining.
Do not be tempted to carry out DIY electrical work in your home. By following these common sense tips when using electrical equipment, you will minimise your risk of electrical fire breaking out in your home.
If you are unsure about an installation, need advice or assistance please contact PC Electricals. We also have more electrical safety tips on our website www.pcelectricals-dorset.co.uk Facebook or Twitter pages.