Thirteen marks electrical fire safety week and reminds customers, don’t risk your own safety

With over half of all accidental house fires caused by electricity and nine out of ten electrical fires caused by electrical products, Thirteen has pledged its support to Electrical Fire Safety Week (23 -29 November) and is reminding its customers to not risk their own safety and that of others.

Electrical Fire Safety Week Monday

23 Nov 2020

The annual safety week run by Electrical Safety First, will see the organisation highlight the importance of electrical safety checks, why it is important that they are carried out every five years and how to look out for dangerous electrical products.

Throughout the week a range safety matters will be addressed, from why we should always register electrical products, the dangers of overloading plug sockets and why we should be careful when buying electrical items which may not have been manufactured to British/ European Standards.

Electrical services manager David Metcalf said: “We use electricity every day, whether we’re charging our phones, watching TV or switching on the lights.

“Keeping our customers safe in their home is really important to us. That’s why, 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.

“With Christmas around the corner, we know many people will be looking out for a bargain on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, with many of us online shopping. 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. A fire in your home will be devastating, so please don’t take the risk.

“Throughout the week, we’ll be running a digital campaign on social media to raise awareness, and there will be a chance of winning some great prizes by entering our competition.”

Any customer who has any questions about electrical safety checks and has 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 to help keep you safe in your home.

  • 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.