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How safe is your home from electrical risks?

Last updated  18 March 2019

We use electricity every day – whether we’re charging our phones, watching TV or washing our laundry, we’re tapping into a potentially dangerous source of power.

Don’t overloading extensions and socket adaptors. One plug socket should only carry a maximum of 13 amps worth of appliances.  High energy appliances like kettles, toasters and microwaves should be plugged directly into the wall socket. Are overloading your sockets with our game below.

The Socket Calculator has been brought to you by Electrical Safety First.

For more safety information visit www.electricalsafetyfirst.org.uk

Microwaves will over heat if table cloths or cookery books are put on top of them or objects are put too close to their air vents.

Don’t use appliances at night, if you put your washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher or other white goods on while you sleep you’ll only know if they catch fire  when a smoke alarm activates (if you have one). Using appliances during the day increases your chances of an early detection of a problem. Don’t put them on before you go out either!

Do a quick, visual check with this FREE smartphone app that your electrical appliances and your flat or home is electrically safe. Its easy-to-use and highlights potential dangers in each room and explains how to resolve simple, non-technical problems. If serious issues are flagged, you should contact a registered electrician. Find one here.

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