Electrical Safety

Electricity can be dangerous – on average, every week someone in the UK dies in an electrical accident in their home.

Almost half of all domestic fires are caused by electricity.

Protect yourself and those you live with by following these simple steps:


  • Regularly check the condition of plugs, cables and extension leads.
  • Be careful when using hand-held electrical appliances and ensure that they are switched off and unplugged when you have finished using them.
  • Remove plugs from sockets carefully. (Pulling out a plug by the cable puts a strain on the terminations which can be dangerous.)
  • Check that any adaptor used complies with British Standards and is adequately rated for the connected load.
  • Have your electrics checked regularly (at least every 10 years). Tenants must allow Ocean to enter your property to carry out scheduled checks. Shared Owners and Leaseholders must ensure they have their electrics checked every 10 years.
  • Use an RCD (Residual Current Device) when using electrical equipment outdoors.
  • Use a registered electrician to carry out electrical work in your home.



  • Bring mains powered portable appliances into the bathroom.
  • Overload sockets and adaptors, particularly with high current appliances such as kettles, iron and heaters.
  • Use adaptors plugged into other adaptors.
  • Use any electrical equipment or switches with wet hands.
  • Wrap flexible cables around any equipment when it is still plugged in.
  • Clean an appliance (such as a kettle) whilst it is plugged in, and especially not with a metal knife – there are often live parts inside!
  • Fill a kettle or steam iron whilst it is plugged in.