Tips and information for electrical safety in and around your home.
Look up and look out for overhead powerlines whenever you are handling tall objects e.g. ladders, aerials or scaffolding. Don’t let them come in contact with electricity.
If you are operating any electrical equipment outdoors, always use a RCD (Residual Current Device) or an isolating transformer.
Plant the right tree in the right place, well away from powerlines. Keep branches trimmed before they get too close.
Watch out for what’s below. Arrange for a cable locate if you have underground services in the area you want to dig.
Before you go boating, know the height of your masts and aerials above land when towing and above water when sailing and keep an eye out for overhead powerlines.
Fly kites in open areas away from powerlines and if something gets caught in powerlines call Northpower faults on 0800 10 40 40.
Don’t overload plugs or multi boards. They can generate heat and cause a fire. Make sure you keep them clean of dust and check for any frayed cords.
Charge devices on flat firm surfaces, never on beds or under pillows or they can overheat and cause a fire.
Always turn off and unplug chargers when not in use.
If you need to use extension cords make sure they aren’t a trip hazard or damaged by furniture.
Ensure all appliance cords are out of reach from small children.
Remember the heater meter rule. Keep electric heaters 1 metre away from things that can burn.
Store electric blankets flat or rolled when not in use.
If you use a dryer, always remember to clean the lint filter after each use.
Test your smoke alarms regularly and have an emergency evacuation plan.