11 Tips on Managing Electrical Faults

11 Tips on Managing Electrical Faults

In London alone, one fire per day involves household white goods, with 90% of these cases coming from faulty appliances or electrical supplies.

With the increase of announcements by leading brands who are reporting faults within their products, it’s not a surprise that millions of households throughout the UK are thought to be affected.

In respect to these scarily high numbers of faulty goods, we look at how you can manage your electrical equipment to avoid any unwanted damage.

Purchasing goods

  • Check for the ‘CE mark’ on any electrical product. This shows that it complies with European safety standards.
  • Always use the manufacturer’s dedicated charger. Generic or imitation products often do not regulate power in the correct way. This can cause too much current entering the battery, causing it to overheat.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on charging. Many appliances can overheat if left for too long.
  • Unplug chargers from their socket when not in use.

Management and responding to faulty goods

  • Always register appliances with manufacturers or via another service, such as Register my Appliance. This enables manufacturers to notify you directly about any faults or recalls.
  • Check whether your appliances have been reported as faulty using a product checker, such as the one provided by Electrical Safety First.
  • If an appliance has a known issue, contact the manufacturer to arrange a repair/replacement. In the meantime, never use the appliance when it is unattended (including overnight) and unplug it when not in use.

Electrical socket use

  • Keep to one plug per socket whenever possible.
  • If using an adapter, make sure it is a fused ‘in line’ type, not an in-wall multi plug
  • Check the power limit of adapters. Ensure the sum of the power of the appliances being run through it does not exceed it
  • When using cable drum extension leads, always fully unwind it to prevent overheating if safe to do so.

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