Technology has become a significant part of our lives and the number of devices we use constantly increases.
As we load up our plug sockets with extension cables, adaptors and chargers we need to be aware of the risks.
It is becoming more common for fires in the home to stem from electrical accidents so we wanted to have a look at the things we can all do to keep our houses and ourselves safe.
- Firstly, assess the amount of plugs you have using one power source. We are all guilty of using extension cables to their full capacity and this can be dangerous if they’re over loaded. The excessive output of electricity can lead to overheating and that’s when things become risky
- Try not to have everything plugged in and on constantly
- If you absolutely need to use all the sockets be aware of how long they’ve been on for
- Always turn everything off when you’re not there or asleep
- Be vigilant with appliances that actively create heat such as irons or straighteners – never leave these on and unattended
- The same goes for chargers, take them out or turn them off when you’re not using them, apart from safety it will also save you money
- Make sure all the appliances you use are in good condition. Be aware of discolouring, cables fraying or plugs fusing as it means they more than likely need replaced
- Check the location of plugs, electric radiators and microwaves as when they are too confined without ventilation or close to flammable items, risk is increased
It may take a bit of time to give your house the once over and change your habits but it is certainly worth it to know you’ve done all you can to stay safe.