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Making your home safe - electrical safety

Electrical appliances around the home can cause accidents through electric shock and around half of all house fires in the UK are caused by electrical equipment. It's important that you understand the risks and get your equipment checked.

How to avoid electrical fires:

  • make sure an electrical appliance has a British or European safety mark when you buy it
  • keep electrical leads and appliances away from water
  • remember - one plug per socket - if you need more plugs than there are sockets, use a bar-type fuse adaptor
  • unplug appliances at night or when you're not using them to reduce the risk of fire - unless they are designed to be left on all the time (for example, a fridge or freezer)
  • keep electrical appliances clean and in good working order

Electrical Safety First has more advice on electrical safety (including a useful guide you can download).

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