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1. Garden

Be careful with the cords of electric lawnmowers and other power tools, always keeping the cord behind your direction of movement. Never operate electrical equipment in the rain. All outdoor power outlets around your home must be protected by a 30mA Residual Current Device (RCD).

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2. Outlets

Faulty or broken outlets present a significant risk of electric shock. Have your electrician replace any broken or loose outlets immediately. Socket outlets must be equipped with automatic shutters, secured by screws in the flush box and have high shock resistance. All outlets should be protected by a 30mA Residual Current Device (RCD).

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3. Large appliances

Hot water systems, washing machines, and ovens all have large sheet metal surfaces. If there are any internal defects, the slightest touch of their exterior surface could be hazardous or even deadly. Ensure all large appliances (e.g. hot water system) are earthed via the green-yellow wire.

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4. Changing lightbulbs

Turning off the light switch does not make it safe to change a lightbulb. Always unplug the device from the power outlet, or disconnect it at the switchboard. Wall switches do not provide the necessary safety conditions. All lighting circuits in your home must be protected by a 30mA Residual Current Device (RCD).

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5. Small appliances

Lighting, alarm clocks and other portable devices can easily be knocked or dropped against hard surfaces. If this happens, the casings may crack, potentially exposing dangerous wiring and other parts. All mobile and other portable devices must bear the ‘Class II’ symbol.

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6. Bathroom

The bathroom is the most dangerous room in the home because when your skin is wet it’s extremely sensitive to electric current. Dry hands thoroughly before handling an appliance, and never use one that is damaged. All switches and outlets in a bathroom must be protected by a 30mA Residual Current Device (RCD).

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    1. Garden

    Be careful with the cords of electric lawnmowers and other power tools, always keeping the cord behind your direction of movement. Never operate electrical equipment in the rain. All outdoor power outlets around your home must be protected by a 30mA Residual Current Device (RCD).

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    2. Outlets

    Faulty or broken outlets present a significant risk of electric shock. Have your electrician replace any broken or loose outlets immediately. Socket outlets must be equipped with automatic shutters, secured by screws in the flush box and have high shock resistance. All outlets should be protected by a 30mA Residual Current Device (RCD).

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    3. Large appliances

    Hot water systems, washing machines, and ovens all have large sheet metal surfaces. If there are any internal defects, the slightest touch of their exterior surface could be hazardous or even deadly. Ensure all large appliances (e.g. hot water system) are earthed via the green-yellow wire.

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    4. Changing lightbulbs

    Turning off the light switch does not make it safe to change a lightbulb. Always unplug the device from the power outlet, or disconnect it at the switchboard. Wall switches do not provide the necessary safety conditions. All lighting circuits in your home must be protected by a 30mA Residual Current Device (RCD).

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    5. Small appliances

    Lighting, alarm clocks and other portable devices can easily be knocked or dropped against hard surfaces. If this happens, the casings may crack, potentially exposing dangerous wiring and other parts. All mobile and other portable devices must bear the ‘Class II’ symbol.

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    6. Bathroom

    The bathroom is the most dangerous room in the home because when your skin is wet it’s extremely sensitive to electric current. Dry hands thoroughly before handling an appliance, and never use one that is damaged. All switches and outlets in a bathroom must be protected by a 30mA Residual Current Device (RCD).

Discover more ways to secure your home

Electricity is a daily, integral part of our lives but it can also be dangerous. Find out how to use it carefully and make sure your appliances are always safe and well maintained with our complimentary guide.
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