Top 5 Tips For Electrical Safety In Your Home



Electricity is a major part of our everyday lives. We’re all used to living alongside it – and rely on our electrical appliances to help get us through the day. Yet the modern conveniences we have become accustomed to are not without their potential risks, and finding out how to get the best out of our electricity without putting ourselves in unnecessary danger is vital to ensure a healthy, happy home.

Read on to discover the top five tips for ensuring electrical safety at home…

Tip One: Regularly Check Plugs and Wiring

A regular visual check of any wires and plugs is crucial to ensure electrical appliances and sockets keep functioning as they should. Never take the safety of your electrical supply, wiring or appliances for granted. Lots of accidents occur when equipment is used while damaged; thankfully, there are some simple ways to check some of the key areas where problems start:

  • Always carefully check the condition of your plugs, sockets and cables. Failing to do so can lead to burns, fires and electric shocks.
  • While checking cables and wires, look out for worn or damages areas. If the cable or wire isn’t securely attached to either its appliance or its plug – don’t use it.
  • You can check a plug (and socket) by closely examining it for burn marks or the giveaway sound of ‘arcing’ (the buzzing or cracking of an interrupted electricity flow).
  • Remember that touching live, exposed wires could cause electric shocks or even death.
  • Using plugs with the British Standard safety mark gives peace of mind – they’ll protect and insulate, letting you remove them from sockets safely.

Tip Two: Don’t Take Unnecessary Risks

It’s easy to fall into bad habits when we’re used to using electricity on a day-to-day basis. But by making a few small behavioural changes, it’s possible to further reduce our risk of accident or injury caused by misuse:

  • Don’t ever dry your clothes on an electric heater. These appliances need to be kept very well-ventilated, and by placing your clothes on top of them, you run the risk of causing overheating or fire.
  • Don’t repair electrical appliances while they’re plugged in. Cool them down and unplug them first.
  • Don’t ever store flammable items near a source of electricity – this could cause a fire in the event of these electrical goods malfunctioning.

Tip Three: Get to Know Your Wiring

A basic knowledge of the key electrical kit in your household is essential for conscientious care and maintenance. You don’t need to be an expert – but knowing what powers your home is a must!

  • Find out how old you’re wiring is – and if it predates 1960, consider a rewiring or a careful check-up to ensure everything’s still in working order.
  • Know where your fuse box or any electricity meters are. This will be very useful in the event of a power cut or if you need to identify and fix potentially much larger problems!

Tip Four: Different Rooms, Different Electricity Use

The way you treat an electrical appliance in your bathroom is likely to be different to how you treat it in your living room – the conditions are different, and to stay safe, so should your usage be:

  • If your bathroom has an electrical heater, it should be a significant distance from any sources of moisture.
  • Don’t handle kitchen appliances with damp hands – this will help avoid electric shocks.
  • Be careful to check any ‘hidden’ plug sockets concealed by furniture, and address exposed wiring – no matter which room it’s in!

Tip Five: Seek Expert Advice

If in doubt, don’t tamper with anything electrical in your home. Doing so without knowing what you’re doing could have catastrophic consequences. Seeking expert advice or guidance can be just what you need to keep your home electricity supply functioning just as it should!

Risk of damage or injury – to both people and property – can be avoided by taking note of these few simple tips to keep your electricity supply as safe and secure as possible! The Electrical Safety Certificate is designed to ensure high standards of electrical safety are understood, met and maintained. Find out more at