Simple checks can save your life

Simple checks can save your life

Millions of people in the UK expose themselves and their families to potentially fatal electrical accidents in the home by making simple blunders, down to a lack of knowledge about the dangers of electricity.

Simple checks can save your life It is important to make sure that the electrical installation in your property is well maintained, and we recommend that you use a registered electrician to check that it is safe.

However, there are a number of simple, visual checks that you can carry out yourself:

Check that you have RCD protection in your fusebox

Make sure that your plug sockets are not overloaded. Electrical Safety First has developed an online “socket calculator” to help you to check that yours are safe

Overloading sockets

Use our socket calculator to see if you’re overloading your sockets.

Find out more

Ensure that plugs and sockets are not damaged

Check that visible cables and leads are in good condition

Check that your light fittings are not visibly damaged and that downlighters are in good working condition

Check that you are not storing combustible materials around your fusebox, electricity meter or electrical instake

Don’t use the top of the microwave for extra storage

Never trail cables under carpets or rugs

Never take mains-powered electrical items into the  bathroom

Always switch off your electrical items when they are not in use