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Electrical safety in winter weather: the essentials
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During the winter, when days get shorter and colder, our electricity consumption increases as we use more heat, light and energy.
The Electrical Safety Council recommends that this winter, we should check the state of our electrics to prevent electric shocks, burns or fires. According to the Electrical Safety Council:
Check the condition of plugs, sockets and flexes regularly. Old or damaged sockets should be repaired or replaced.
Make a habit of switching off electrical appliances before leaving the house or going to bed. This will avoid a fire occurring overnight and will also reduce energy bills.
If you unplug an appliance, don’t pull the plug out by the cable. This can cause the plug to overheat, can loosen the wire or at worst can give the user an electric shock. It can also damage the socket.
Keep cables out of the way. If they become tangled or trapped in furniture, this can cause damage which can be dangerous.
Do not put a strain on your electrical system by overloading sockets with too many extension leads or adaptor plugs. In the long term it is much safer to have additional sockets installed by a registered electrician.
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