40% of all domestic fires have an electrical cause. If you follow these basic rules, you'll reduce the risk of fire on electrical appliances.
A good rule of thumb is never to plug appliances that use more than 1000 kW of electricity into an extension lead. Appliances that use a lot of electricity need cables that are suitable for the ‘amount’ of electricity that will go through them. If you plug these in via an extension lead, there's a risk that the cables may not be big enough. This can result in a fire. Electric wall heaters, portable oil-filled radiators and washing machines are examples of appliances that should never be plugged in via extension leads.
Washing machines and tumble dryers are often involved in fires. The best time to use these appliances is while you're at home, and never while you're asleep. Remember to clean the fluff filter in the tumble dryer after use.
The stove is by far the biggest culprit in fire statistics. One in ten fatal fires start on the stove because people doze off or forget that they’ve put something on to cook. These fires often happen at night. So remember that it's safer to eat before you get home if you're tired, peckish and have had a drink.