Decrease your chances of an electrical fire with these helpful steps.
- Never overload an electrical power point with extension cords or double adapters. If you need to plug a lot of things into a single power point, use a powerboard with an overload cut out.
- Never run power leads or extension leads, under carpets or rugs, over nails, in traffic areas, or where there is chance of water.or any liquid substance.
- Don’t misuse extension leads. Never use a standard household extension lead for a major appliance or a heat-producing appliance; instead use a heavy-duty appliance lead that can carry the load.
- Don’t pull on an electrical cord to unplug it. Grasp the plug firmly and pull out straight so you don’t bend the prongs.
- Replace any cord or plug that is cracked ,melted or discoloured or feels hot to the touch when in use.
- Call an electrician if your lights flicker and your appliances run sluggishly, or if you have a fuse that repeatedly blows or a circuit breaker that trips often. These are signs that the system is overloaded.
- Don’t use a bulb with more wattage than a lamp fixture is rated to accommodate, or the unit will overheat.