Gas, fire and electrical safety in council homes

Electrical safety

There are simple steps you can take to keep you and your family safe in your home:

  • don’t plug too many things into one electrical socket - this can overload it
  • don’t use electrical appliances that were made to be used in other countries - they might work at a different voltage, so they could overheat 
  • check anything electrical you buy has a CE mark - this shows it meets European safety standards
  • don’t try and fix damaged electrical wiring or appliances yourself
  • don’t take mains-powered electrical items into the bathroom
  • don’t touch electrical appliances or switches with wet hands
  • don’t plug adaptors into other adaptors
  • don’t store personal items in electricity meter cupboards

If you buy any second-hand electrical appliances, make sure that a qualified electrician has checked that it's safe.

You can check appliances online to see if there have been any safety warnings for them. You can also register new appliances you buy so that if there’s ever a problem with them, you'll automatically be sent an update on what to do.