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Fires in the home can be caused by faulty electrical appliances, plugs and cables that are old or poorly wired can be a real danger. Just because there's no flame, doesn't mean there's no fire risk. Find out what to check for to ensure your appliances don't put you or your family or housemates at risk from fire.
There are particular danger signs to look out for on all electrical items you have around your home. If you think something needs fixing or changing, do it straight away. You can also access the Electrical Safety Council's Socket Overload Calculator to check if you are overloading your sockets and putting your home at risk of fire.
For plugs and sockets, keep an eye out for the following:
The risks with cables and leads include:
For electrical appliances, you should never:
See 'Electric blankets and heaters - safe use' for more information about using these items safely.
Follow the guidelines below to make sure your electrical items are safe to use.
Electrical appliances, especially ones that run at high speeds and contain motors, like washing machines, should be serviced once a year by a qualified electrician.
Plugs, sockets and cables also need to be used correctly, you should:
When you're fitting or replacing a fuse, it's important to use the right fuse for the appliance to make sure the fuse doesn't overheat. Check the manual or look for a sticker on the appliance to find out its wattage and then use the correct fuse:
Extension leads and adaptors have a limit on how many amps they can take, so be careful not to overload them, to reduce the risk of a fire.
If there is an electrical fire, pull the plug out, or switch off the power at the fuse box - if it is safe to do so. Sometimes this can stop the fire immediately.
Never use water on an electrical fire, and don't take any risks with your safety - get out, stay out and call 999.