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Electricity safety tips

Electricity safety tips

Electricity helps make our homes into bright, comfortable and welcoming spaces, but it can be dangerous when it's used incorrectly. We all need to be aware of the risks of shocks or fires, and it's particularly important to make sure that children know how to handle electrical gadgets properly.

At GB Energy Supply we want to help you enjoy our low-price electricity safely. Follow our simple tips to protect yourself and your family while using electricity around your home and garden.

General safety tips

  • Maintain your electrical appliances carefully and check for any damage, loose connections, worn cables or overheating regularly
  • Look out for warning signs such as flickering or dimming lights or fuses that keep blowing – call in an electrician to check any affected appliances
  • Don't use faulty appliances, and don't try to fix them yourself unless you're trained as an electrician
  • When plugging in electrical items, make sure the connection is secure and there are no loose wires
  • Try to switch off all non-essential appliances before leaving your home
  • Unplug any appliance that you won't be using for a while
  • Don't grab the cable to unplug an appliance from the socket – always hold the plug itself
  • Protect electrical cables from chewing by pets
  • Don't run electrical wires across doorways or under carpets
  • When choosing bulbs for your lamps, check the maximum recommended wattage. Switch off the power before you change a lightbulb
  • Never poke anything into an electrical socket, for example to clean it
  • Don't plug lots of appliances into one adaptor or socket – the overload could cause a fire. Get an electrician to install extra sockets if you need them

In the kitchen

  • Make sure electrical cables don't trail across the cooker or other hot surfaces, where they could be damaged and cause a fire
  • Remember that you must never put metal items into a microwave
  • Don't poke anything into the toaster, even if your toast is stuck
  • Make sure you have good ventilation around electrical appliances such as fridges to avoid overheating

In living rooms

  • Don't allow leads from electrical appliances such as lamps to trail across the floor, where people could trip over them
  • Don't place lit candles on top of an electrical appliance such as a TV set or hifi

In your bedroom

  • Switch off electrical appliances before you go to sleep
  • Position your bedside glass of water away from electrical appliances or switches, in case you knock it over in the dark

In the bathroom

  • Electricity and water are a dangerous combination! Don't use any plugged-in appliances, unless you can connect them to a specially designed bathroom shaver socket
  • Dry your hands thoroughly before touching any electrical switches or appliances

Outdoors

  • Plug electrical tools into a residual current device (RCD), which will shut off the power if you accidentally cut through the cable, protecting you from shock
  • When climbing ladders or pruning trees, watch out for power cables above and take care not to touch or cut them
  • Don't allow children to play in areas where they could touch power cables, for example when flying a kite