Electrical fire safety

28,000 fires in the home are reported each year as being caused by electrical faults, accidents or misuse of electrical equipment.


Register your electrical appliances for a safer home

The Register my appliance website is designed to make it quicker and easier for the public to register all of their appliances. It provides up-to-date, accurate, contact information for owners who have acquired specific models of appliances within the last twelve years, so manufacturers can issue safety updates or repair notifications to the right homes.

The website provides access to the registration pages of over 40 leading brands of domestic appliances, including most of the UK’s top selling brands of major white goods.


Electrical safety tips

Don’t overload plug sockets – An extension lead or adaptor will have a limit to how many amps it can take so, to help reduce the risk of fire, be careful not to overload them. Use the calculator tool (above) to assess whether or not you are overloading an adaptor.

Regularly check for frayed or worn cables and wires – Check to see if the cable is fastened securely to the plug and check the socket for scorch marks. You should always carry out these checks before you plug an appliance in.

Unplug appliances when not in use – This helps to reduce the risk of fire. Unplug appliances when you go to bed or when you go out unless they are designed to be left on, like freezers.

Keep electrical appliances clean and in good working order – Look out for fuses that blow, circuit-breakers that trip for no obvious reason and flickering lights to prevent them triggering a fire.

Check for British or European safety mark – Make sure an appliance has a British or European safety mark when you buy it.

Always check that you use the right fuse to prevent overloading – When you’re fitting or replacing a fuse, it’s important to use the right fuse for the appliance to make sure the cable doesn’t overheat and that the appliance is protected in the event of a fault.

Get Out, Stay Out, Call 999 – Never use water on an electrical fire and don’t take any risks with your safety. Pull the plug out or switch the power off if it is safe to do so. Get out, stay out and call 999.

Electrical fire safety was last updated on August 16, 2017.


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