Over 20,000 fires are caused by electrical faults each year in UK homes.

While our electrical safety check will assure the safety of your electrical system, the biggest cause of electrical fires in homes is faulty appliances.

 

 

This simple advice will help keep you and your family safe:

 

  • Test your smoke alarm regularly.
  • Don’t let leads from kettles, toasters or other appliances trail across your cooker.
  • Turn electrical appliances off when you’ve finished using them.
  • If you see burn marks or notice sockets feel hot, let us know.
  • Check cables before using an appliance. If you notice wear and tear, or the plug isn’t securely fastened, don’t use it.
  • Never overload electrical adaptors by plugging too many appliances into one socket.
  • Never trail flexible cables from appliances under your carpet or rugs.
  •  Don’t use a bulb with a higher wattage than stated on your light fitting.

 

What to do if you own a Hotpoint fridge freezer and have any concerns following the Grenfell fire:

If you own a Hotpoint fridge freezer and are worried in any way, you should visit Hotpoint’s website where you will find information on how to check the serial number and model. You will then be able to fill in an online form or call their customer service advisors. Register your electrical items old or new and stay updated with any product information

Avoiding kitchen fires

According to the electrical safety council, over half of house fires start in the kitchen. Some basic checks can help avoid this:

 

  • Check you’ve turned your cooker off
  • Defrost your fridge/freezer at least once a year
  • Check your oven is clean
  • Check your plug sockets
  • Check your wiring
  • Don’t leave your washing machine, dishwasher or tumble-dryer on when you’re out of the house. If you leave it on overnight, make sure your smoke alarm is working
  • Check that appliances such as microwaves, fridges and freezers have enough ventilation space around them – check the manufacturer’s recommendations
Remember – NEVER USE WATER TO PUT OUT AN ELECTRICAL FIRE

 

More advice on electrical safety in the home can be found on the electrical safety council website.

Your electrical safety check

 

 

We carry out an electrical safety check of your wiring, fuse board and electrical system every five to ten years. The frequency depends on the type of home you live in. We keep a record and will let you know when yours is due - you don’t need to do anything to arrange this.

 

 

You can help us keep you Home safe and sound by allowing us to carry out this check when we write to you.

 

Find loads more electrical safety advice by visiting the electrical safety council website.

Register your appliances for added safety

AMDEA is the Association of Manufacturers of Domestic Appliances, the UK trade association that represents over 85% of all small and large domestic appliances sold in the UK. They have a database of registered appliances so that firms can contact you quickly should they need to in respect of your appliance.

To register your appliance visit www.registermyappliance.org.uk