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Electrical Safety

40% of accidental house fires are caused by electrical appliances and supply.


Keep all electrical appliances clean, follow the operating instructions and keep them in good working order.


Only use white goods machines such as washing machines, tumble dryers and dishwashers when you are at home and not asleep.


Don’t overload extension leads or adapters.


Regularly check for frayed or worn cables and wires.

Did you know that overloaded plug sockets are one of the most common causes of electrical fires?

It is very important to make sure you use your sockets correctly. Whether a plug socket is overloaded depends on the appliances you have plugged in. Click here to see if your plug sockets are overloaded.

The Socket Calculator has been brought to you by Electrical Safety First.

For more electrical fire safety information and advice, please visit the Electrical Safety First website.

For detailed information about electrical safety in the home you can download our safety leaflet and for more information on keeping washing machines and dryers safe you can download that specific leaflet here.