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ELECTRICITY SAFETY

It is easy to take electricity for granted. Electricity is safe, versatile and economic to use. We plug appliances in and switch them on and off many times each day but familiarity can lead to accidents, so please read through the following DOs and DON’Ts to ensure you and your family stay safe.

DO

  • Know where you electrical main switch is and familiarise yourself with the layout of your fuse board including the rating of your fuses and/or circuit breakers.

  • Keep a note of our phone number and that of the electricity network operator in case you need to contact us, or them in an emergency. You can find both our number and that of the network operators at the back of this leaflet.

  • Keep electrical appliances dry and clear of wate , both inside and outside.

  • Make sure your hands are dry when touching electrical appliances and sockets.

  • Keep appliance cords away from where children can pull on them.

  • Teach your children about the dangers of electricity.

  • Use plastic socket protectors when you have young children.

  • Check there are no worn, broken or loose parts before you plug an appliance in or switch it on.

  • Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions including any warning labels.

  • Check flex or cords when uncoiled for any damaged or exposed wires, or frayed or split leads. Dispose of any damaged leads or have them professionally repaired.

  • Before unplugging an appliance or removing an extension cord, turn off the switch at the main socket outlet.

  • Supervise children when they are using electrical appliances, especially toasters, heaters and fans.

  • Replace cracked or broken power sockets or plug tops.

  • Remember that heaters can be a fire hazard and should be kept at least 1 metre away from curtains, sofas, beds and chairs.

  • Always use a registered electrical worker

  • reat all electricity lines as live at all times. Always use a registered electrical worker for all changes to your electrical installation

DON’T

  • Overload power points by using too many plugs in one socket.

  • Remove plugs from sockets by pulling on the cord.

  • Let young children plug in or remove appliances from power sockets.

  • Leave metal objects such as screwdrivers around where children may place them in power sockets.

  • Use damaged appliances, or appliances with frayed leads or loose parts.

  • Wash electrical equipment or appliances, even if un plugged. Just wipe them over with a dry cloth.

  • Use portable electrical appliances in the bathroom or around wate .

  • Use bulbs in light fittings that exceed the recommended wattage for the fitting or the shade.

  • Use electrical appliances for other than their intended use for instance don’t use heaters as clothes dryers or ovens as heaters.

  • ry to fix a problem with an electrical appliance when it is still plugged in, for instance if the toast gets stuck in the toaster turn it off and unplug it before you try to get the bread out of the toaste . Don’t try to carry out electrical repairs yourself – always use a registered electrical worker.

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