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Fire Safety

Fire Safety

Fire safety Lothian & Borders Fire and Rescue Service offer a free Home Safety Visits across in the Lothian and Borders area. During the Home Safety Visit, firefighters, who work in pairs, will advise you on Fire Safety matters such as the safe use of electrical appliances, smokers materials and candles as well as highlighting the potential hazards of cooking . The firefighters will also stress the importance of having a working smoke alarm and will … Read entire article »

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Extensions & Leads

Extensions & Leads

Extensions & leads Many portable electric items like lamps and radios are supplied with a relatively short length of cable. Ensuring your home has sufficient socket-outlets at convenient points will minimize the need for extension leads and adapters, but occasionally their use will be unavoidable. The use of extension leads can present the following dangers: tripping or falling cable damage due to wear, particularly where leads are walked over, flexed at a single point or stored badly. When leads … Read entire article »

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Garden Safety

Garden Safety

Electrical Safety in your Garden This page is intended to help you to use electrical equipment safely in the garden and avoid electrical accidents. The risk of an electric shock causing serious injury or death, is greater outdoors than indoors, due to possible wet conditions and physical contact with the ground. Residual Current Devices (RCD) An RCD is a safety device that switches off the electricity automatically when it detects an earth fault. Any socket-outlet that may be … Read entire article »

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Bathroom Safety

Bathroom Safety

Bathroom safety Water carries electricity efficiently. When the two mix, the result can kill. Because of this, from an electrical safety point of view, the bathroom is possibly the most dangerous room in the home. The consequences of an electric shock are far more severe in a bathroom or shower room as wet skin reduces the body’s resistance. There are special requirements for electrical installations in bathrooms. Sockets Sockets are not allowed in bathrooms or shower rooms (apart … Read entire article »

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Kitchen Safety

Kitchen Safety

Kitchen safety We all know that water and electricity make a lethal combination. So it’s important that fixed electrical equipment is installed correctly, and that you use appliances in your kitchen with care. To avoid water coming into contact with electricity, make sure that your sockets or switches are fitted at a safe distance (at least 30 centimetres horizontally) from the sink. If appliances such as fridges, dishwashers and washing machines are fitted under worktops, getting to sockets … Read entire article »

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