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Electrical safety

  • If you are going to handle some part of the electrical installation in your home (change a bulb, hang a lamp, fix a power socket, etc.), you must first turn the mains switch off on the consumer unit.
  • If some modification to the electrical installation is required, it is best to call in the services of an authorised electrician.

Keep an eye on children

  • Electrical appliances must not be left within children's reach.
  • All power sockets should have protective covers whenever they are not in use.
  • Whenever possible, try to avoid having electrical appliances, loose wires or plugs in children's rooms.
  • Special care must be taken with radiators and whenever children are present in the bathroom and kitchen.

Bathroom and kitchen

  • Bathrooms and kitchens are the areas that pose the greatest electrical risk because of their humidity. Even greater care must be taken in these areas.
  • Electrical appliances must not be used near the bathtub or the shower.
  • Never use electrical appliances with wet hands, or whenever barefooted.
  • Do not use a metal object to remove a piece of toast stuck in the toaster.
  • In the kitchen do not use domestic appliances (griddle, toaster, blender, coffee maker, etc.) near the tap or near wet areas.

Domestic appliances

  • Turn off all heating and cooking domestic appliances before going out.
  • Disconnect domestic appliances before cleaning them.
  • Never pull on a wire in order to disconnect an appliance from the mains. Always disconnect by pulling from the body of the plug.
  • Never insert metal objects into domestic appliances that are being used.

In the event of an electrical accident in the home

  • Make sure that the accident victim is not touching an electrical conductor.
  • If the victim is still in contact with the electrical conductor, turn off the switch and, if necessary, the mains switch. Do not try to separate the victim by directly getting hold of him or her, or by means of metal elements.
  • If the victim remains unconscious, try and resuscitate him or her if you know the techniques; if not, call 112 immediately.