Working in the home and garden
To ensure the safe use of electricity in the home, always turn the power off before working on any appliance (even when changing a light bulb).
- Never use electrical equipment that has a worn flex.
Get the flex changed by a competent electrician before the equipment is used again.
- Use a special safety switch known as an RCD (Residual Current Device) specifically designed for using DIY tools or lawnmowers.
As the risk of electric shock is far higher in wet conditions:
- Do not use electrical equipment when it's raining or in areas that are being watered.
Always call in a competent electrician when work on the house wiring is needed.
Read householder advice on avoiding danger from electricity