Ahead of the Fire Kills campaign’s Electrical Safety Week next week on 22nd - 28th September), Notts Fire and Rescue Service is urging people to think carefully when it comes to their electrical appliances.
Electrical Safety Week aimed at helping people understand the dangers of electricity around their homes, and gives advice on how to help prevent fires involving electrical appliances and electricity sources.
NFRS has the following tips for electrical fire safety:
Always check that you use the right fuse to prevent overheating.
Make sure an electrical appliance has a British or European safety mark when you buy it.
Certain appliances, such as washing machines, should have a single plug to themselves.
Keep your eyes peeled for signs of dangerous or loose wiring such as scorch marks, hot plugs and sockets, fuses that blow and flickering lights.
Check and replace any old cables and leads and unplug appliances when you’re not using them or when you go to bed.
Have a family escape plan in place so that everyone knows what to do in an emergency.
Install smoke detectors on each floor of your property and test them weekly.
More information is available at www.notts-fire-gov.uk