Thirteen highlights electrical fire safety and warns customers, don’t take the risk

With over half of all accidental house fires caused by electricity and nine out of ten electrical fires caused by electrical products, housing provider Thirteen has pledged its support to Electrical Fire Safety Week (22 -28 November) and is reminding its customers to not take the risk.

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22 Nov 2021

The annual safety week run by Electrical Safety First, will see the organisation raise awareness of the importance of electrical safety checks, why they must be carried out every five years and how to look out for dangerous electrical products, which could be a fire risk to themselves and those living around them. 

Throughout the week the electrical team and building safety team will highlight a range of safety tips, including why we should always register electrical products, the dangers of overloading plug sockets and what to look out for when you’re buying electrical items. 

Last year there was 13,451 fires in the UK caused by domestic appliances. 

Thirteen’s electrical services manager David Metcalf said: “We use electricity every day, at home and at work. Accidental fires have devastating consequences.

“We want to do everything we can to keep our customers safe and remind them about the dangers of electricity. We know that many electrical fires are caused through misuse or faults and over half of these start in the kitchen; with microwaves, tumble dryers, washing machines and fridge freezers. 

“With Christmas around the corner, we know many people will be thinking about putting up their lights and decorations and with this, there can be an increased fire risk. We’ve seen ourselves how an overloaded plug socket can start a fire in the home.

“Black Friday and Cyber Monday will see many of us looking for a bargain online, we’re asking everyone to always check that electrical appliances have a British or European safety mark when you buy them. Fake electrical products can easily overheat and catch fire.

“Our team of registered electricians work incredibly hard to keep customers safe. Every five years, we carry out an electrical safety check. We do this to make sure the electrical installation in their home is safe and meets the legal requirements. This safety check could identify any faults which, if not repaired, could cause a serious injury or a fire in the home. No one should take the risk.”

Any customers who have questions about electrical safety checks and have an outstanding appointment, should contact customerservices@thirteengroup.co.uk or 0300 111 1000.

Tips to help keep you and your family safe

There are some simple steps everyone can take to stay safe.  

  • Do not use electrical devices which are damaged, have frayed cables, exposed wires or melted plastic.
  • Do not overload a socket by plugging too many appliances into an extension lead. Overloading an extension lead could cause the plug in the wall socket to overheat and cause a fire.
  • Do not plug one extension lead into another. Remember – only use one socket for one extension lead.
  • Do not leave electrical items such as mobile phones on charge or laptops on a soft surface like a bed or sofa. This can block the cooling vents and increase the risk of the device overheating and catching fire.
  • Always check that electrical appliances have a British or European safety mark when you buy them.
  • Register your white goods – it could save your life if a product is recalled for safety reasons. You can check if an electrical product you own is under a recall notice at www.electricalsafetyfirst.org.uk/recall
  • Always keep your electrical safety check appointment and help us help you, by allowing us access into your home.