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.

General electrical appliance safety advice

For electrical appliances, you should:

  • Always read the manufacturer’s instructions carefully and follow them

  • Never get them wet - this includes plugs and sockets, so don't put a vase of flowers on top of the TV, for example

  • Never leave them on at night - unless they are designed to be left on, like freezers

  • Never put anything in the microwave that is made of metal, or has a metallic finish or parts

What to check for

There are particular danger signs to look out for on all electrical items you have around your home. Check them regularly for signs of wear or damage. If you think something needs fixing or changing, do it straight away.

Dealing with an electrical fire

Never use water on an electrical fire, and don't take any risks with your safety - get out, stay out and call 999.

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.

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