We are supporting Electrical Fire Safety Week
As the temperature starts to drop, our thoughts turn to snuggling up under an electric blanket and warming ourselves next to a heater, but did you know that over half of all accidental house fires are caused by electricity?
Electrical Fire Safety Week runs from 20-26 November in conjunction with the government’s Fire Kills campaign and aims to raise awareness of electrical fire safety in the home.
Follow the simple steps below to keep you and your loved ones safe this winter.
- Read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions before use
- Check your electric blanket regularly for signs of wear or damage, for example fraying wires, scorch marks or discolouration on the fabric
- Don’t use a hot water bottle at the same time as using your electric blanket
- Consider replacing your electric blanket if it is more than 10 years old
- Never use a portable heater to dry your clothes
- Put your heater on a level surface away from anything that could knock it over and make sure it is at least a metre away from furniture, curtains, paper etc
- Never leave your heater unattended or leave it in use while you sleep
- Switch off fairy lights when you’re not there to enjoy them
- Don’t overload sockets and avoid using extension leads if possible
- Never cut corners and buy counterfeit electrical products as Christmas gifts – they are unlikely to meet UK safety regulations and are at risk of exploding
For more information regarding Electrical Fire Safety Week, follow us on Twitter and Facebook and join in the conversation using #EFSW. More information regarding fire safety in the home can be found here.