New Year Resolutions For Electrical Safety!

2018 is upon us, Happy New Year! But after vowing to stop drinking and go to the gym three times a week, there is one area you may want to consider improving, electrical safety. In this blog we have four New Year resolutions you will want to make to ensure that your house or work stays as safe as possible.

 

  1. Check your smoke alarms at least once a month

 

This can literally take a matter of seconds and something you should try and work into a monthly routine that can help improve your chances of escaping a fire by double. Simply check them by pressing the test button once a month and listening for the beep.

 

  1. Stop buying cheap phone chargers

 

As appealing as they can be, you could be saving yourself quite a bit of money by purchasing the cheaper alternative, but be careful, they can be extremely dangerous. It was tested with a range of fake iPhone chargers that 98% of them had the potential to cause a lethal shock or start a fire, which is a worrying thought, considering how much we use a charger, and if you leave it on overnight, you have even more reason to be concerned.

 

Not only does it have the chance of increasing the risk of a hazard or fire occurring, they can completely destroy your phone, which isn’t ideal. Buying the cheaper option may save you money in the short run, but could end up costing you a lot more in the long run.

 

  1. Stop overloading sockets

 

Whilst it’s tempting to try and plug in as many appliances as possible into one socket when you’re struggling for space, it doesn’t mean that it’s safe. Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.

 

A little tip from us is to only use one extension lead per socket, and never plug extension leads into another extension lead. If you are really struggling with socket space, consider having additional sockets installed by a registered electrician.

 

  1. Register your electrical appliances

 

You will have a lot of electrical appliances within your home such as your television, dishwasher, washing machine etc. But if one of those appliances is recalled due to a dangerous fault, you could have a ticking time-bomb within your household. By registering your products, it allows the manufactures to easily get in touch with you if the appliance is considered faulty or dangerous. Recalls are a lot more common than you think, but only around 10%-20% of the recalled products are actually returned.