Fire safety at home

Electrical fire safety

Electrics account for around 4 house fires a week in Essex. Many of these could be prevented by following some simple advice.

It is most important that you:

  • don't overload plug sockets
  • do turn off appliances and chargers at the wall when you go to bed
  • do have a quick visual check on appliances to make sure they look safe

Follow our advice to stay electrical fire safe:

  • don't overload plug sockets - no more than 13 amps to a socket, which is the same as just one kettle
  • unplug appliances when not in use, particularly when you go to bed
  • don't leave mobile phones, tablets or laptops charging overnight
  • unplug chargers when they're not in use
  • regularly check for worn or frayed wires - if a wire has started fraying it could be time to replace the appliance
  • keep appliances clean and in good working order, especially in the kitchen
  • think about using a Residual Current Device (RCD), which works like a circuit breaker to protect against electric shocks and reduces the risk of fires
  • make sure your electric blankets are safe - have them checked by an expert once every 3 years, or as recommended by the manufacturer, and make sure they carry the British Standard Kitemark and the British Electrotechnical Approvals Board (BEAB) symbol on them

More information

Electrical Safety First provides expert information and advice to help people protect themselves.

Go to Electrical Safety First - overloading sockets for advice on socket safety, including an online socket calculator.