In the United Kingdom, faulty electrical issues, malfunctioning washing machines, overloaded sockets, and overheating microwaves are the primary culprits of house fires, which have mounted to 60 incidents per week in 2018.
There are so many things you can do to prevent this from happening to you. Start off with these important electrical safety tips.

 

Avoid buying appliances or electrical supplies from disreputable sources.

No matter how much money you believe you save, do not buy your electrical appliances or supplies from sketchy shops just because they are cheaper. Chances are these items are made of questionable quality, which may put your family and properties safety at risk.

 

Look for European and British safety marks when shopping for electronic products.

This is to ensure that the product you are purchasing has followed the required safety standards imposed by the United Kingdom or the European Union. These include the CE and the Kitemark.

 

Do not overload your electrical outlets and sockets.

Home safety experts advise against plugging into all available sockets and using all electric devices at once, especially an extension lead with other devices plugged into it as well.

 

Never connect two extension leads together.

Connecting two extension leads to accommodate multiple gadgets or appliances at once may seem like a brilliant hack, but in reality, it is a dangerous practice that frequently leads to electrical overload.

 

Install smoke alarms.

Make sure that your home or office has a functioning smoke alarm. If you are renting, this is a must-have in a property before settling in. Double-check if your old smoke alarm is still in excellent condition or if it is time to get a newer one.

 

Be vigilant about weird smell of smoke, heat, or sparks from outlets or appliances.

This is usually the first sign of faulty electrical wiring. If any of this happens, call an electrician immediately.

 

Get a professional electrician to service your home at least once every 10 years.

Don’t take the safety of your home for granted. Make it a point that it is checked and maintained every now and then by a qualified NICEIC Registered Part P approved Contractor.

 

Swindon Electricians
Do you need an electrician in Swindon?
EJS Electrical is a trusted electrical firm with a team of professional and licensed electricians who are NICEIC registered, Part P approved contractors, and IEE Wiring Regulations 17th Edition qualified in compliance with the current British Standards 7671. Our services include emergency call outs, testing and certification, and full and partial rewires for both residential and commercial establishments.
To speak with a member of our team, please call us on 01793 238806 or 07725 228145. You can also email us info@ejselectrical.co.uk or fill out our online contact form on our website.