While this year’s Sainsbury’s Christmas advert spreads the message of neighbourly love and banding together, it also aptly highlights the devastation that can be caused by a fire. The Spalding Guardian reports that, due to electrical items being the cause of over 200 fires throughout Lincolnshire, the local fire departments are stressing the importance of fire safety to homeowners.
At Electrix Celutions Ltd, we also understand the importance of fire safety, and would like to help spread the message of how to stay safe over Christmas, New Year and every other month of the year.
Tip 1: Check Your Electrical Products
Check your plugs and leads regularly for fraying or balding. If you can see the wires through the covering at any point, it is important to stop using that product. Either replace it or seek advice from a qualified electrician. If the fuses regularly blow, or your sockets and plugs become hot, we recommend getting it checked by someone qualified as soon as possible.
Tip 2: Turn Electrical Devices Off At Night
While it may seem like a time-saver to let your dishwasher, washing machine or tumble dryer run during the night, the same Spalding Guardian article stated that 28 fires were caused by these systems. Ensure that these are turned off each night, and if you begin to smell something burning but can’t find the source, call the local fire department straight away.
Tip 3: Don’t Overload Sockets
Many people assume that if you have a four socket extension lead then you can safely plug in four devices. That is not always the case. It is important to check the amperage of both your extension lead and the products you are planning to use. Make sure your products do not, in total, exceed the amperage specified on the back of your extension lead.
If you are concerned about your household electrical items, our team are able to provide electrical testing and a 24 hour emergency callout service; all with free estimates regarding any work we feel is necessary to keep you and your household safe throughout the year.
British plug picture: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:British_plug.jpg
Turn off devices picture: iStock
Extension lead picture: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Extensioncord.jpg