Small appliances

Keep appliance cords out of reach, especially those connected to hot items such as toasters and irons.

Unplug appliances that get hot – such as irons and hair straighteners – immediately after use, and store out of reach and away from any flammable material. 

Leave portable hot appliances such as irons to cool down before putting them away, and keep them out of reach of children and pets.   

Never use electrical equipment in wet conditions and don’t use appliances in the bathroom unless the instructions say you can.  

When packing appliances away, ensure any cables are kept loose.  

Kettles – use in the open, never in a cupboard.   

Toasters – use in the open, never in a cupboard. Regularly remove the crumbs from the rack and crumb tray.  

Hair straighteners and curlers – these get extremely hot so be sure to lay them on a heat resistant protective pouch or mat.  

Heaters and fans – don’t cover or leave them close to curtains. Don’t leave a free-standing heater where a child can touch it or accidentally knock it over. Never run a fan on the floor.