Small appliances

Leave portable hot appliances such as irons to cool down before putting them away, and keep them out of reach of children and pets. 

Hair straighteners and curlers get extremely hot so be sure to lay them on a heat resistant protective pouch or mat.

Use kettles and toasters in the open. Never in a cupboard. Regularly remove the crumbs from the rack and crumb tray of the toaster. If you live in a hard water area you should descale your kettle from time to time.

Don’t cover electric heaters or fans or leave them close to curtains.

Never use electrical equipment in wet conditions and don’t use appliances in the bathroom unless the instructions say that you can.

When packing appliances away ensure that any cables are kept loose.

Clean instant boiling hot water taps and their tank from time to time to keep them free of limescale. Most models also require regular replacement filters.