As we try to make the most of the summer, or try to get away from the British weather, our houses are left empty for often weeks at a time. This can pose an electrical safety risk.
You’ll not only waste some electricity while you’re away, but there is a risk of fire since your electrical appliances are left unattended. Luckily with modern appliances the risk is small, but there are still precautions you can take. Read on for our electrical safety tips to keep your home safe while you’re away.
1. Unplug all unnecessary devices
Before you leave, go around your home and unplug all non-essential appliances. That means your TV, computer, heaters and even your oven. If your TV has a standby light, it will still be using the electricity, so unplugging it will help you save money on your bills too.
2. Ask a neighbour or friend to check in
It’s a great idea to have a friend to check in on your property every now and again if you’re away for a long period of time. They can water your plants or collect your post, and while they’re there they can check on your appliances that you’ve had to leave on.
3. Check your smoke alarm
Make sure you test your smoke alarms before you go on holiday so you can be safe in the knowledge that your neighbours can hear the alarm and call for help if needs be. Make sure you let them know that you won’t be at home.
4. Get timer switches
Timer switches are ideal to help you save electricity all year round, as well as when you’re on holiday. You can place your lights on a timer so you can have different lights on at different times for security.
5. Have your electrics checked
One of the top electrical safety tips is to have an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) done every year to check that your electrics are working properly. The report tells you about the condition of your home’s electrics and will highlight any defects or faults. If you’re concerned about any appliances, you can ask an electrician to carry out PAT testing too.
If you’re going away, the last thing you want to worry about is your home. So follow our electrical safety tips and ask our electricians to give you a quote to inspect your electrics for you. All the electricians on our network are qualified and safe, so you can trust any electrician you choose. Simply fill in the form below to get quotes from up to 4 electricians.