How to prevent Electric Fire
1) Check the condition of your wiring. This should be done when you move into a
new home and then once every 10 years. It’s the landlord’s responsibility if you
rent your home. Ask to see a copy of the certificate or report confirming that
electrics meet the standards (Requirements for Electrical Installations)
2) Check your sockets regularly. If you see burn marks or they feel hot, get a
registered electrician to check them.
3) Turn off any electrical equipment you are not using. This especially important
at night, there is a chance of fire that can spread quickly while you sleep.
4) Regularly check flexible cables on your appliances. Look for signs of fraying,
general wear and tear, or a loose plug on kettles on similar appliances. Do these
before you plug anything in?
5) Careful when using hand-held electrical equipment. Make sure you switch off
and unplug this equipment when you have finished with it. This is important with
items that get hot, such as hairdryers or curling tongs, as they may come into
contact with materials that can catch fire (like curtains).
6) Check the current rating of your electrical adaptor. Before you plug appliances
in, make sure that the total current used in the appliance does not exceed the
7) Don’t overload any adaptor or socket – especially with appliances that have a
high electrical current such as kettles, irons or heaters. It’s safer to have extra
sockets installed if needed.
8) Don’t put electric heaters near curtains or furniture – or dry clothes on them.
9) Don’t cover the air vents on storage heaters or fan heaters.
10) Don’t trail flexible cables under carpets or rugs.
11) Don’t exceed the wattage of the light fitting or lampshade with the bulb you
12) Don’t cover the air vents on storage heaters or fan heaters.
13) Don’t store combustible materials (clothes, papers, cleaning materials etc.)
close to your service head (cut-out fuse), electricity meter or fuse box.