Safety tips

Articles related to electrical equipment safety tips mainly around portable appliance testing

September 2019

12 Reasons why electric shock accidents involve portable appliances so often (number 8 may shock you!)

By |2020-01-20T20:03:12+00:00September 19th, 2019|Safety tips|

One of the biggest problems in any workplace is the use of portable electrical equipment. Referred to as portable appliances, electrical equipment fitted with a plug presents a high risk of becoming damaged and thus dangerous.  Portable appliances include any electrical appliances that can be plugged in and include computers, kettles, toasters, heaters, hair driers, power tools, etc. Considered [...]

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May 2019

6 ways to avoid an electrical fire and to prevent your workplace burning down

By |2020-01-20T20:05:11+00:00May 19th, 2019|Safety tips|

Don't leave washing machines, tumble driers and dishwashers running when you're out or asleep Don't leave portable heaters switched on and unattended Don't overload sockets with too many plugs Register your electrical products and check for recalls Always follow the manufacturers guidance when using appliances Don't buy fake electrical goods or cheap imports [...]

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February 2019

Socket safety – why do we use socket covers when they’re not needed?

By |2020-01-25T06:59:06+00:00February 2nd, 2019|Safety tips, Schools|

Please don't use these electric socket covers How many sockets in your school, nursery or home have those little flat white 'covers' stuck in them? Parents and teachers plug them in to electric sockets because they think they'll make the socket safer to children. However, in reality - they're actually really dangerous, pose a [...]

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June 2017

8 Top Tips to prevent an electrical accident – you’ll get a shock if you do number 4

By |2020-01-20T20:18:24+00:00June 1st, 2017|Safety tips|

Don't use an appliance if you don't know how to Don't repair an appliance that is plugged in Turn off the power before attempting work on the mains supply Don't work in damp environments or with wet hands Don't place flexible cables under carpets where they can deteriorate unseen Don't use an appliance where wires can be seen through [...]

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May 2017

9 handy tips to avoid an electrical fire – number 6 will affect most of us

By |2020-01-20T20:18:34+00:00May 11th, 2017|Safety tips|

Almost half of all domestic fires are caused by electricity; there were over 20,000 electrical fires in 2011; there are 70 deaths and 350 injuries every year as a result of electrical fires. The most common causes of electrical fires are: Faulty appliances Misused appliances Overheated appliances Tips for Avoiding an Electrical Fire Ask your landlord for an electrical [...]

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October 2013