Household safety

Washing machine women usingHouseholds can make the most of the safety features included in all domestic appliances by taking a moment to register, and by following these tips:

  • Fit at least one smoke alarm on each level of your home and place one near your kitchen as a priority. Don’t forget to test them frequently
  • Gas appliances should be safety checked and serviced regularly by a Gas Safe registered engineer. Set a reminder at
  • Be sure not to overload your extension leads. Check the amps your leads can safely carry. The maximum is normally 13 amps. Then check your appliance usage – for example a fridge freezer can draw around 5 amps and a toaster 9 amps
  • While extension leads are very useful, they are probably best used as a temporary measure or for small appliances only
  • Fridges and freezers are designed to live indoors – don’t be tempted to install yours in a garage or in areas that maybe damp or subject to abnormal temperatures
  • When using electrical equipment in the garden, check that the socket you are using has been fitted with a residual current device (RCD)
  • For an appliance that does not have an on-off switch (such as irons) be sure to unplug it at the wall when you are finished
  • Never leave children alone near cookers, hobs or bubbling pans, and remember that children need parental supervision around any electrical appliance
  • Read the instruction booklet that comes with an appliance – there is usually also a brand website with all kinds of additional information about your product
  • Store any instruction manuals safely. It is a good idea to note the serial number and date of purchase in the booklet for easy reference