How to avoid electrical accidents

Turn off appliances you’re not using

When you’ve finished using, or you’re not using, an electrical appliance, make sure that you turn it off at the switch. For example, if you’re done using your mobile phone charger, make sure you unplug it, if you’re using appliances that generate heat, double check that you switch it off and unplug it when you leave the room. A great habit to get into is doing a routine check when you leave the house to make sure that everything is properly switched off and unplugged.

Don’t overload sockets

This is probably one of the most important rules to follow. Never overload your sockets with dual plugs and extension cords. A good rule of thumb is to use one plug per socket. If you use extension cords, make sure that it has a fuse that will kick off when it overloads.

No liquids

Another vital rule is to keep cables, plugs and all electrical devices away from liquids. When you’re in the kitchen or bathroom, make sure to keep your electrical appliances away from water and only handle them with dry hands. Do not stand in water while using electrical appliances and don’t fill up your electronic kettle while it’s still plugged in.

Covering cords

It might be tempting to hide that annoying cord under your rug but is poses another potential hazard. Someone can easily trip over a covered cord as well as you won’t be able to see the condition of the cord if it’s covered. An electrical cord should always stay as cool as possible so when you cover it, you prevent it from cooling down naturally.

Don’t expose wires to heat

When using several appliances in the kitchen, be aware of cords that may hang over the stove top or toaster. This is extremely dangerous.

No foreign objects

There’s nothing more annoying than not being able to get your toast out of the toaster, but don’t let that cloud your judgement and drive you to stick your finger or a knife into the toaster. This is extremely dangerous and may give you an electric shock as the electrical appliance is still plugged in.

Socket Safety

When you’re not close to a socket or plug, it’s tempting to want to yank the cord out of the wall. This is very dangerous and can damage the plug, outlet or appliance.

Small children have a fascination with sockets, so the best practice is to put safety caps on any unused sockets to prevent them from sticking foreign objects in them.


Always monitor the condition of your plugs, cords and sockets. Check them regularly for flaws, twists, damaged or exposed electrical wires and burns around sockets or plugs. If you find any problems, get a licenced electrician to fix it and don’t try to repair it yourself.