South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue - Working For a Safer South Yorkshire

Electrics

Smoke alarm

To remain safe around electrics and electrical appliances follow these simple tips:-

• Keep electrical leads and appliances away from water.
• Check the toaster is clean and is away from curtains and kitchen rolls.
• Turn off electrical appliances when they are not being used and service them regularly.
• Never overload sockets – if too many appliances draw power from one socket, it can start overheating.
• Throw away damaged cables. Never mend them with tape.
• Never run cables under mats or carpets. The cable will wear through and no-one will know.

If you have the slightest worry about your electrics then you should call a qualified electrician.

Electric Blankets

Checking your Electric Blanket

Electric blankets cause hundreds of fires every year. But there are simple ways to stop it happening to you. If your blanket or its flex shows any of these danger signs, you should have it checked or replaced:

• Fraying fabric
• Scorch marks
• Exposed elements
• Creasing or folding
• Soiling
• Damp patches
• Tie tapes damaged or missing
• Worn flex
• Loose connections
• An old BEAB safety mark – a round symbol (the new sign is white capital letters on a black background). This means it is more than 10 years old.

Testing Your Electric Blanket

Make sure your blanket is tested by an expert at least every three years. You can ask the shop where you bought it about testing and servicing, or contact the trading standards department at your local council – they often have free testing days.

You should replace your electric blanket at least every 10 years.

Don't buy a second-hand blanket. Look for the British or European standard and make sure it has a safety certification mark. Make sure the blanket has an overheat protection.

If in doubt... Chuck it out! A new blanket costs around £15. 

For a free Home Safey Check call 0114 253 2314, or text FREE to 87023, or e-mail: cfsadmin@syfire.gov.uk