Electrical safety week

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The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service is supporting Electrical Fire Safety Week (23 to 27 September).

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service is supporting Electrical Fire Safety Week (23 to 27 September), and will be joining the Electrical Safety Council‘s (ESC) national roadshow event at Braehead Shopping Centre, Glasgow on Saturday, 5 October (9am - 6.30pm) to talk to shoppers about simple steps they can take to improve electrical safety in their homes. The centre will be literally “buzzing” with activity as we test shoppers’ nerve with a giant electrical challenge. A house shaped buzzwire game and accompanying materials will help people learn how to use their electrics safely and identify hazards in their homes.

Some of the most common causes of fires in the home are the misuse of electrical equipment, faulty leads and appliances.  Please take a minute to look at our Electrical Safety leaflet which includes key information on using the right fuse, safe use of adaptors and electric blankets.  And remember to always switch off and unplug appliances like TVs, washing machines and tumble dryers that aren’t designed to be left switched on.  It’s especially important when you’re sleeping, or out of the house.

Look out for more info soon from the Electrical Safety Council about electrical fires in the kitchen.  Meanwhile stay safe with these great resources:

Socket Overload Calculator

Most people have extension leads in their homes, using four-way bar adaptors to increase the number of appliances that they can plug into a wall socket.

However, although there is space to plug in four appliances, this does not mean it is always safe to do so. Different electrical appliances use different amounts of power. To avoid the risk of overheating and possibly fire, you should never plug into an extension lead or socket appliances that together use more than 13 amps or 3000 watts of energy. 

Use our calculator to plug in some typical household appliances to see the effect on the load, and to get useful tips on how to avoid overloading your sockets.


The Socket Calculator has been brought to you by the Electrical Safety Council. For more safety information visit www.esc.co.uk

Home electrical safety checks app

Download a free smartphone app here to carry out a quick visual check in your home to ensure its electrical safety. The app is available for use on Android phones and on the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

Product Recall Checker

The ESC’s online product checker helps you find out if an electrical product that you own is under a recall notice. Over 250 recall notices have been issued for electrical products in the last six years, and the majority of these have been due to a risk of electric shock or fire.

Find the Product Recall Checker here.