Three essential tips for electrical safety in your home

It is extremely important to practise good electrical safety in your home and ensure you take precautions to minimise the risk of faults and fires. This is even more important in winter when people are more likely to use electric heaters to keep spaces warm. Added to this is the influx of new electrical goods that can enter your home over the Christmas period. The more electronic devices in your property, the more careful you need to be to avoid problems.

There are three important steps to take if you want to maximise electrical safety. The first is to be proactive when it comes to checking wiring and outlets. It is best to inspect these regularly so you can identify faults as soon as possible and can take appropriate action. This should extend to keeping wires properly organised and ensuring that outlets are working properly.

The second thing to do is ensure you follow manufacturer guidelines on all of the electronic equipment, including heaters, televisions and even white goods. The guides are there to help you use the devices safely and reduce the risk of higher wear or damage through misuse. As part of this you should make sure you use the right power cables, particularly when it comes to mobile devices.

The final thing you need to do is avoid overloading sockets. If you use extension leads and adaptor bars to plug more devices into a socket, you need to make sure you don’t overload the device. Check the current rating and make sure you don’t plug devices in that will collectively exceed it as this can lead to overheating and fires. Rather than relying on extensions and adaptors you should consider having additional sockets installed in rooms where they are needed. This is a much safer option.

At Q-Energy we offer a wide range of services for domestic properties. Our electricians are on hand to serve clients across the entire Warwickshire region this winter. We can offer advice about electrical safety as well as handling all kinds of installations, ensuring your home’s electrical systems and appliances are completely safe for use. Please contact us to arrange a consultation and a quote for any work you need doing.