Posted on 20 November 2020
Electrical Fire Safety Week runs from 23-29 November, and aims to raise awareness of electrical fire risks and the simple steps people can take to avoid a devastating fire in the home.
“More than half of all accidental house fires are caused by electricity, and nine out of ten electrical fires are caused by electrical products,” says Head of Safer Homes (Heating & Utilities) Mark Hutchison. With many of us currently spending more time at home using electrical devices, it’s even more important to be aware of electrical safety”.
Hyde is required by law to ensure electrical installations and wiring in our homes are safe when our residents move in, and that they are maintained in a safe condition.
“We test and inspect all the homes we manage (and any communal areas) at least once every five years.” Mark says. “We also inspect properties before re-letting them to new tenants to ensure that appliances are all safe to use and are CE marked.”
Simple steps and tips to improve electrical safety and reduce the risk of fire at home:
- Never overload sockets or plug adaptors into other adaptors
- Check that visible leads and cables are in good condition and replaced if necessary
- Check light fittings are not visibly damaged and in good condition
- Register all appliances at Register My Appliance, which sends alerts on any safety repairs or recalls
- Always use an electrician registered with one of the government-approved schemes
- Check smoke alarms and heat detectors once a week.
Find out more about electrical safety.