Electrical Fires - How to avoid them

Always check that you use the right fuse to prevent overheating.

Make sure an electrical appliance has a British or European safety mark when you buy it.

Certain appliances, such as washing machines, should have a single plug to themselves, as they are high powered.

Try and keep to one plug per socket.

When changing electrical goods, follow the manufacturer's instructions and look for the CE mark that indicates chargers comply with European safety standards.


An extension lead or adaptor will have a limit to how many amps it can take,s o be careful not to overload them to reduce the risk of fire.

Appliances use different amounts of power - a TV may use a 3amp plug and a vacuum cleaner a 5amp plug for example.


Keep electrical appliances clean and in good working order to prevent them triggering a fire

  • Keep your eyes peeled for signs of dangerous loose wiring such as scorch marks, hot plugs and sockets, fuses that blow or circuit-breakers that trip for no obvious reasons, or flickering lights.
  • Check and replace any old cables and leads, especially if they are hidden from view - behind furniture or under carpets and mats.
  • Unplugging appliances helps reduce the risk of fire.
  • Unplug appliances when you're not using them or when you go to bed.


Always make sure your furniture has the fire-resistant permanent label

Portable Heaters

  • Try to secure heaters up against a wall to stop them falling over.
  • Keep them clear from curtains and furniture and never use them for drying clothes.

Using an electric blanket

  • Store electric blankets flat, rolled up or loosely folded to prevent damaging the internal wiring.
  • Unplug blankets before you get into bed, unless it has a thermostat control for safe all-night use.
  • Try not to buy second hand electric blankets and check regularly for wear and tear.
  • Always follow the manufacturer's instructions.