Don’t die for DIY
DIY errors cause half of all serious electric shocks in UK homes so if you need electrical work done in your premises, the best option is always to hire an electrical contractor that has been assessed by SELECT to undertake the type of work you need done.
You can search our database of Members to find a quality contractor near you!
Make sure that your house/premises are safe
It’s important to make sure that electrical installations and products you use are well maintained. We strongly recommend you use a SELECT Member to carry out regular safety checks.
In addition, you can also carry out some simple visual checks yourself to help make sure your property is safe.
- Check that you have RCD protection in your consumer unit (fusebox)
- Make sure that your sockets are not overloaded. Use the handy calculator below to check that you’re not overloading the sockets in your home:
The Socket Calculator has been brought to you by Electrical Safety First.
For more safety information visit www.electricalsafetyfirst.org.uk
- Ensure that plugs and sockets are not damaged.
- Check that visible cables and leads are in good condition.
- Check that your light fittings are not visibly damaged and that downlighters are in good working condition.
- Check that you are not storing combustible materials around your consumer unit (fusebox), electricity meter or electrical intake (the point where electricity enters your building).
- Don’t use the top of the microwave for extra storage.
- Never trail cables under carpets or rugs.
- Never take mains-powered electrical items into the bathroom.
- Always switch off your electrical items when they are not in use.