Electrical, candles, heaters


Some 28,000 fires in the home are reported each year as being caused by electrical faults, accidents or misuse of electrical equipment.

  • Turn your TV off before going to sleep.
  • Turn games consoles / tablets / laptops off before going to sleep.
  • Don’t leave phones charging overnight.
  • Don’t leave a laptop on your bed when it’s switched on, as it gives off heat and can set your bed on fire.
  • Turn hair straighteners off when you have finished with them and put them on a heat proof mat to allow them to cool down before putting them away.

Extension leads

Overloaded plug sockets can cause fires. Take care when using an extension lead, that may have four or more available spaces. The total output should not exceed more than 13 amps (a kettle alone uses 13 amps).

Remember, high-rated appliances such as washing machines, dish washers and microwaves always need their own socket.

For example, if you have a games console and a TV plugged into an extension lead you can’t plug in a hairdryer or heater. Doing so would exceed the maximum amount of 13 amps.

Don't overload sockets - know the limits

Remember, four available sockets does not necessarily mean it's safe to use four plugs - it depends on the output load.


Candles in the home are getting more and more popular which has seen a large increase in the number of candle related fires.

  • Candles should not be used in rooms where people are asleep or as a comfort light, if you need a light use battery lights or torches.
  • Candles should not beplaced onwindow sills, near curtains or plants.
  • Candles should only be used by adults.

Portable heating appliances

  • Do not put anything on the heater or use it to dry clothes.
  • Never sit too close to the heater as you could set light to your clothes.
  • Make sure you stand heaters away from furniture or curtains.


Electrical - test your knowledge

Electrical - test your knowledge
Which of the following statements is NOT true?

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