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8 Top Tips to prevent an electrical accident
- 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 the flexible cable
- Replace damaged cables with new cable; don’t repair with insulating tape
- Get appliances testing regularly by a competent PAT Tester
9 handy tips to avoid an electrical fire
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 installation condition report if you live in a rented home
- Ensure your electrical supply meets the UK standard BS 7671
- Check sockets, plugs and flexible cables regularly for signs of wear and tear
- Check your electrical appliances are compatible with UK socket outlets
- Remember to unplug appliances that could overheat and cause a fire when not in use, such as hair straighteners, irons and portable radiators
- Don’t use cheaper ‘fake‘ versions of popular appliances, like phone chargers – they are an increased risk of overheating
- Don’t overload multi socket adaptors and extensions
- If you smell burning but can’t find a fire – call the Fire Brigade for help – it could mean an appliance is faulty and overheating – acting fast may help avoid further damage
- Get workplace equipment PAT tested to find any faults.
More than 4 million household appliances have been recalled by manufacturers in the past four years with faults that include a risk of fire or electric shock, and yet the majority may still be in UK homes.
The findings are reported in a study published by Electrical Safety First. Since the start of 2011, 228 different electrical products have been recalled– including seven types of fridge, four washing machines and seven hairdryers – yet typically only 10% to 20% of recalled products are ever returned or repaired.
Underestimating the risks posed by recalled products is a major factor in the low recall success rate. Many people surveyed by Electrical Safety First said they associated recalls with ‘annoying faults’ rather than safety, and 2.6 million UK adults say they have knowingly ignored a recall notice. The Charity wants to raise awareness of the risk of ignoring a recall notice after it found that 77% of people would be more likely to respond if they understood the potential dangers.
Electrical Safety First is also keen to stress that whilst there have been a number of high profile fires involving kitchen ‘white goods’ in the past year, smaller items can also pose a safety risk.
Its research found that a fifth of UK adults would be more likely to respond to a recall of a large product than a small product, yet the Charity found the electrical items most reported as faulty or dangerous are smaller ones such as chargers, hairdryers, toasters and kettles.
Full details at Electrical Safety First’s own website – Originally produced by Seaward
We recommend that when you buy an electrical appliance, complete the warranty card that comes with it, and return it. You’ll then be notified directly if the product gets recalled.
10 Top Electrical Safety Tips
You may think the dangers of electricity are obvious; but you’ll be surprised how many people don’t know
These are our 10 Top electrical safety tips to help you stay safe, to keep your staff and customers safe at work, and to avoid electrical fires and accidents.
- Make sure you turn off electrical appliances when they’re not in use. Before leaving work at night, make it a routine to check that all electrical devices not in use are properly shut off.
- Never ever overload sockets. You shouldn’t use more than one plug in every socket.
- If you have to use an adapter make sure it’s the type that has a fuse. The total output of all plugs in the adapter should be no more than the specified rating (usually 13 amps).
- Add a residual current device (RCD) which is an easy way to cut off power and prevent shocks, especially if you are working outdoors
- Reguarly check the condition of plugs and sockets. You should pay attention to any burnt or frayed wires on appliances. It’s best to get the services of an electrician to fix such problems
- Never ever allow electric wires or cables to trail over kitchen appliances like toasters or oven tops.
- If you are hammering nails into the wall to hang a picture frame make sure you know there are no live wires hidden behind.
- Avoid mixing liquids and electricity. They should be kept as far apart as possible. Touch your appliances with dry hands only. Avoid placing water or other liquids on top of electrical appliances. This is especially important in businesses such as hair salons.
- If you’re using a cable reel extension lead make sure it’s full unwound before you plug it in; don’t use it wound up as it may overheat.
- Get your electrical appliances checked by a PAT tester on a regular basis
These are our top 10 electrical safety tips for business environments