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Are you switched on to Electrical safety?
This month we’re highlighting electrical safety - electrical fires are one of the biggest causes of accidental house fires in the country.
Electrical fires can happen to anyone, anywhere so our advice is to get prepared and stay safe by having a working smoke alarm fitted on every floor in your home, and ensure it is tested regularly.
Smoke alarms are the best way to give an early warning of fire in your home, giving you and your family to chance to escape safely.
We recently supported Register My Appliance’s campaign during Product Safety Week, which highlighted the importance of registering electrical appliances
Please make the time to ensure your electrical items are registered, so manufacturers can contact you in the event of any problems. As well as new appliances, you can also register appliances that are up to 12 years old.
Go to www.registermyappliance.org.uk for more information and to register your electrical products.
Often in fires we encounter items which are subject to recall but are still being used by residents.
I would appeal to all residents to ensure that their electrical items are in good working order, and to log on to the recall register to check on the appliances in their home.
The majority of products in your home will be safe but you should regularly check to ensure none of your household appliances are subject to a recall.
To check items under recall please visit www.electricalsafetyfirst.org.uk
If you are concerned about a product that doesn't appear on the recall list, stop using it immediately and make your concern known to the retailer, manufacturer or local Trading Standards office.
Buying from reputable sources
With many of us considering Christmas shopping, I’d also advise residents to only buy from reputable sources to help avoid counterfeit electrical items – head over to the safe shopping and counterfeit products information page on the Electrical Safety First website here for more information.
Also, electrical appliances need to be operated to manufacturer’s instructions, and residents should take simple steps to cut the risk of an electrical fire - don’t overload plug sockets, regularly check for worn or frayed wires, unplug appliances when not in use, keep appliances clean and in good working order and fully unwind extension cables prior to their use.