JUST because there’s no flame does not mean there’s no fire risk. Electrical appliances, plugs and cables that are old or poorly wired can be a real danger.
There are several things to check to ensure your appliances don’t put you at risk.
Plugs and sockets:
l Hot plugs or sockets, scorch marks, fuses that often blow and flickering lights are all are signs of loose wiring or electrical problems.
l Badly wired plugs – any coloured wires sticking out could come loose and debris could get into the plug.
l Use the correct size fuse.
l Overloaded sockets can overheat. Use a bar adaptor on a lead rather than a block adaptor and only use one adaptor per socket.
Cables and leads:
l Make sure the outer covering of all power leads is in good condition.
l They shouldn’t be anywhere that they could be tripped over, or near water, cookers or heat sources.
l Don’t run them under rugs or carpets where they can wear through without anyone noticing.
l Never get them wet. Don’t put a vase of flowers on top of the TV.
l Never leave them on at night – unless they are designed to be left on, like freezers.
l Never put anything metal in the microwave.
l Electrical appliances, especially ones that run at high speeds and contain motors, like washing machines, should be serviced once a year by a qualified electrician.
by Grantham Fire Station
Officer Andy Ford,