Poor maintenance or misuse of electrical installations can cause fires, serious injury, or even death.
Following simple steps, you can reduce the chances of an electrical incident in your home:
- Make sure you allow us access to test your electrical installation in your home when we require. Usually this is every five years and takes around three to four hours to complete. As part of this test, any fittings that need replacing will be replaced and any upgrades required will be completed.
- Know where your consumer unit/fuse board is in your home and how it works should a circuit trip in your home.
- Don’t leave items on stand-by.
- Don’t leave items (like mobile phones) on charge or tumble dryers on when you are not at home.
- Don’t overload electrical sockets. If you’re not sure if your socket is overloaded or not, use this online calculator to check.
- Don’t trail live cables where you cold trip over them or become damaged.
- Make sure your appliances are in good working order and the cables and plugs are not damaged in any way.
- Buy your electrical items from reputable retailers and make sure they conform to British standards.
- Make sure a qualified electrician installs your cooker (if it is electric).
- Don’t carry out any electrical DIY work. Newydd will only appoint competent electricians to carry out electrical work in your home.
- Don’t use electrical appliances in the bathroom.
- Don’t use electrical gardening equipment outdoors in wet weather.
For more advice, head to Electrical Safety First