Electricity can be extremely dangerous, or even fatal, if you don’t follow safety procedures.
Always use a qualified engineer when carrying out any electrical work in your home.
A lot of electrical work is ‘notifiable’. This means you need to tell your local authority about it, and have the work reviewed and signed off by a registered electrician. We recommend getting in touch with your local council for more information before carrying out any electrical work in your home.
Inside the home
Always ensure the power is off (and unplugged if possible) when working on any electrical appliance – even when changing a light bulb.
Remember that water and electricity are a deadly mix.
The bathroom can be one of the most dangerous rooms in the house when it comes to electrical safety. Never bring mains-powered portable appliances such as hairdryers, heaters or radios into a bathroom.
Take the necessary precautions after a flood. If your home has been flooded, there is a high chance the electrics could be damaged. Make sure the property is safe before you enter, try to avoid direct contact with any remaining water, and – if it’s safe to do so – switch off the electricity supply at the fuse box.
Do not turn on any electricity or gas supplies after a flood, or use any mains-powered electrical appliances in areas affected by flooding, until a registered professional has told you it’s safe to do so.
Outside the home
Always make sure children or family members: