Keeping safe from fire at home: Electrical sockets

We want to share with you our fire safety tips to help keep you safe

How to avoid overloading your plug sockets at home

We’ve all been spending more time at home recently and as a result there’s a bigger demand on the electrical supply. Our collection of gadgets, appliances and ways to keep us entertained start to accumulate and it can be tempting to plug them all into one extension. But doing this can be dangerous as too many appliances drawing power from one plug can cause it to overheat and start a fire.

Small can be mighty

It’s important to consider how much electricity each device will use before plugging too many into a socket. A small appliance doesn’t necessarily mean it uses less electricity and in fact kettles have some of the highest power consumption. Here is a handy guide to show how much your appliances could be using:

How many is too many?

It’s best to work out the total wattage of the devices being plugged into one socket and if they are over 3,000W then you’re at risk of causing a fire. Electrical Safety First has a socket calculator which can be used to check how many appliances can safely be used:

Certain appliances, such as washing machines which are high powered should have a single plug to themselves. It's also worth making sure any electrical appliance has a British or European safety mark when you buy it and when charging devices look for the CE mark that shows the charger meets European safety standards.

Safe and Well, home fire safety visits

Please remember if you feel you need further assistance you may be eligible for a Safe and Well visit with the fire service. This is a free service where the fire service can visit your home to assess risk factors and provide fire safety advice. They will:

  • Identify and be aware of the potential fire risks within your home

  • Know what to do in order to reduce or prevent these risks

  • Put together an escape plan in case a fire does break out and ensure you have working smoke alarms.

For more information please contact your nearest fire service:


Devon & Somerset

Dorset & Wiltshire


West Sussex


Royal Berkshire


Please remember

Contents insurance covers your possessions in the event of theft, loss or damage. It also covers most of your household goods including furniture, TV, carpets and electrical items, and the replacement of external locks if your keys are lost or stolen.

It’s important to find insurance cover which is right for you, and we’d like all customers to consider taking out contents insurance for their home or garage to protect your possessions and to provide you with peace of mind. Comparison websites can be a good place to start.

If you don’t have enough electrical sockets in your home please let us know by requesting an inspection by reporting a new repair on My Yarlington or My Radian, we’ll then come out to carry out a survey in the first instance.