Electricity is a major cause of Fire accidents. About 60% fires are of electric origin on account of electric short circuit, over heating, overloading, use of non-standard appliances, illegal tapping of electric wires, improper electrical wiring, carelessness and ignorance etc. It can lead to serious fire and fatal accidents, if proper fire precautions are not followed. Such fire incidents can be minimized, if adequate fire precautions are observed.
This leaflet will brief about the main areas of electrical hazard in your home and explains how you can stop fire starting.
Plugs and Flexes
Wiring A Plug
Learn the wiring colours and make sure you follow the instructions as given by the manufactures when fitting a plug.
Fuse / MCB
Always use the correct fuse / MCB for the equipments you are using and follow the manufacturer's instructions.
Always make sure that saucepans are in a safe position. Flexes from electrical equipment, such as kettles and toasters, should be kept well away from the open fire and tea towels should never be dried over the gadgets.
Never leave a saucepan unattended with the heat turned on and be especially careful when using chip pans with oil or fat.
Make sure that ovens are not left on after use.
You should ask your electrician to check your wiring thoroughly if you see any of the danger signs.