Being aware of potential electrical hazards can dramatically reduce the risk of fire to your property. Read our guide on what to look out for to ensure that your property is protected.

Follow this simple checklist in order to ensure that you and your family are safe from electricals in your home:

1. Wiring

Check for frayed and worn wiring. Visible cables should be covered in a PVC case with no signs of damage, splitting or cracking. Damaged cables should be replaced as soon as possible.

2. Downlighters

Downlighters should be in good condition and the area around them unmarked. Any signs of overheating, discolouring or scorching means that it should be checked by a trained electrician.

3. Plugs

Plugs should not be damaged, display burn marks or produce excessive heat. If any of these happen, replace the plug or get the advice of an electrician.

4. Sockets

Overloaded sockets can cause fires. If too many appliances draw power from the socket, it can overheat and catch fire. Because of this, you should avoid using adaptors and extension leads and instead install extra sockets.

5. Light fittings

Light fittings should not be damaged. This includes any signs of cracks or burns. If you discover these, contact a trained electrician for advice on how to solve this.

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