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Staying Electrically Safe at Home
If you are working or teaching your children from home, make sure that you and your family are electrically safe. The ESF tips will help you.
Safe Home Working
- Don't charge electrical items on sofas or beds
They could overheat and catch fire. Always charge your devices on a hard, flat surface.
- Avoid overloading sockets
Just because an extension lead has multiple sockets, it doesn't mean they should all be used.
Use the ESF socket calculator will let you know what is safe.
- Unplug chargers when you've finished using them
Don't leave your devices charging for longer than necessary. It can damage the battery or the device could overheat and cause a fire.
- Use the right charger for the right product
Don't mix and match - use the charger that came with your device.
- Keep your "desk" tidy
You're probably working in a smaller space than you're used to. Make sure you keep drinks away from your laptop and mobile - liquid and electricity don't mix!
- Don't "daisy chain" extension leads
If your cable doesn't reach, don't plug it into another adaptor - move your work station closer to the socket or use a longer cable.
Safety for the Whole Family
- Keep an eye on your children's electrical gadgets
It's not all about limiting screen time, make sure they are charging correctly and not putting their phone under their pillow at night!
- Help the children with their school work
Use the ESF websites, Two Thirty Volts and Switched On Kids, have lesson plans, worksheets, quizzes and games to help children learn.
- Stay safe if you're planning some electrical DIY
It might feel like a good time to do some home improvements or tackle the garden. But don't take on jobs that should be left to the experts. Electricians can still come to your home in an emergency, but now is not the time to create one with a DIY disaster. We've got plenty of advice to keep you safe if you are going to do some simple electrical DIY or work in the garden.
- Don't get distracted in the kitchen
With more people at home, it's easy to get distracted by family members or a phone call or email from a friend. Don't forget about what you've got cooking in the kitchen.
- Be careful if you're shopping online
If you're stuck at home, it's understandable that you might want to treat yourself to a new electrical gadget. But make sure you follow our tips to keep you safe when shopping online, always buy from a retailer you know and trust.
- Register your appliances
Got a bit of extra time on your hands? Make sure that the electrical appliances in your home are registered with the manufacturer, so that if there is a problem, they can contact you. Find out more here.
You can find more safety tips on the ESF blog.