Although we may all be guilty of taking electricity for granted, electrical safety is not something to be overlooked. In fact, if appliances are not regularly inspected and monitored, lives could be put at risk. Here at Walker Electrical, we are Preston’s leading electrical experts, and we work across the North West to provide residential, commercial, and industrial electrical solutions. As a result, we have produced this guide to electrical safety: tips for students to stay safe.
Plugs and Wiring
Life in student accommodation can be messy and chaotic. And the same can said for plugs and wiring. But there are serious dangers associated with over-using your extension cables, and overlooking exposed wiring. As a result, you should always check to make sure that your wires, plugs and sockets are functioning correctly, and as expected. Don’t use an electrical appliance if the cable has exposed wiring, or is not securely attached to the plug.
Use common sense
When we take electrical items for granted everyday, it can be easy to overlook some of the more dangerous aspects of our bad habits. For example, how many of us might store our deodorant or hairspray next to a hairdryer, or straighteners. If those electrical items are plugged in, and they malfunction, those extremely flammable objects are going to do more than singe your eyebrows!
Know your student accommodation
Furthermore, you should get to know your own student accommodation. Find the fuse box, and make sure you know what to do should the power trip and everyone starts to panic about unsaved assignments.
Finally, make sure you know who to call if you see an electrical issue that might be dangerous or lead to a bigger problem. After all, it’s you and your friends that are at direct risk, so take responsibility and get your landlord to sort the issue.
Our guide to electrical safety: tips for students to stay safe, has identified a variety of methods for students to take more responsibility for their electrical safety. However, if you are a Landlord, the electrical safety ultimately and legally rests with you. For more information or advice, contact us today at Walker Electrical.