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Electricity is a major cause of accidental fires in UK homes. Take a look at our safety advice to reduce your risk:

  • Unplug electrical appliances and chargers when you’re not using them and when you go out or go to bed
  • Look out for signs of dangerous or loose wiring e.g. scorch marks, hot plugs and sockets, flickering lights, fuses that blow or circuit breakers that trip for no obvious reason
  • Keep appliances clean and in good working order e.g. regularly remove lint from tumble dryer filters
  • Don't overload sockets  - keep to one plug per socket
  • Always use a charger supplied with the device or recommended by the manufacturer - using any charger other than the one intended for the battery can increase the risk of damage

  • Avoid placing phones or other electric devices under pillows or blankets whilst charging
  • Avoid overcharging your batteries
  • If you own an electric bike or scooter, do not try to add extra batteries to try to make it go faster - this could result in a fire

Product recalls

It is strongly recommends that people who own appliances that are subject to product recalls do not use them.

To find out if you have a product that is subject to recall, visit