With the majority of people now working from home, there will be more electrical devices in the house than ever! In this article we want to give you some tips on how to stay safe whilst having all your devices plugged in.

Charging your devices.

  • Always charge your devices on a hard, flat surface. Never leave them on a bed, sofa or other flammable surface as they can overheat and cause a fire that could take hold very quickly and have devastating consequences.
  • Use the right charger for the right product – that’s one provided by the manufacturer. Don’t be tempted to pick up a cheap spare online. They may not be compatible and often contain substandard or counterfeit parts.
  • Don’t overload sockets. If you’re plugging more devices in than usual, use electrical safety’s socket calculator to make sure that you’re not putting yourself at risk. And don’t “daisy chain” adaptors (that means plugging one into another) – if you can’t reach the socket, move your workstation closer!

Staying safe in the Kitchen.

The supermarket shelves might be running low on stock, but hopefully you’ve got enough supplies to keep you going. But with over half of accidental domestic fires starting in the kitchen, be careful when you’re preparing lunch that you don’t get distracted by a phone call or an email and forget what’s cooking until it’s too late.

But, as we always advise you to never leave washing machines, dishwashers and tumble dryers running when you’re asleep or out of the house, this is the perfect time to catch up with some laundry! Find out more about keeping your white goods safe at www.whitegoodsafety.com

Safe shopping!

As we’re all watching our pennies and stuck at home for the foreseeable future, it could be very tempting to pick up an electrical bargain online to help pass the time. But, make sure you know who you are buying from. There are a lot of third party sellers on marketplaces like Amazon and eBay and unfortunately a lot of them are selling counterfeit and substandard products. While it’s disappointing to find you have bought a fake handbag, the biggest risk is that it could fall apart. A fake electrical product could be deadly.

All information from https://www.electricalsafetyfirst.org.uk