WINTER’S HERE!! SO CHECK THOSE ELECTRIC HEATERS AS THIS CALL-OUT IN BAYSWATER W2 SHOWED

Electrician in Bayswater, Hyde Park & Paddington, W2 With the arrival of winter, people start using their electric heaters again. And of course most of these heaters have been sitting around unused all summer.

SOR Electrical recently had an electrical call-out to a flat in Bayswater, London W2 by the tenant where their electricity had tripped. Our electrician traced the fault pretty quickly to an electric ‘fire’ heater in their living room with a damaged cable. There are a number of simple checks I advise you should carry out on your electric heaters especially if they have not been used in a while.

Some simple checks to carry out on electric heaters

  • Is the casing or body cracked or damaged in any way?
  • Are all the necessary covers and guards in place to stop fingers or hands, big or small, getting inside and being burned or getting a shock?
  • Does the heater show signs of overheating or melting anywhere? This can include discolouration or a change in shape
  • Is the cable in any way damaged or loose?
  • Can you see the colours of the wires inside the cables? (you should not be able to)
  • Is the plug in good condition, cable firmly attached and showing no signs of overheating?

If the answers to any of these questions cause concern, then I suggest getting a new electric heater and disposing of the old one. In the case of electric fires which can be more expensive you could get one of our SOR Electrical qualified electricians to do a safety check to ensure it’s working correctly.

Safety tips when using electric heaters

  • Give each electric heater its own socket. Don’t use them with multi-socket adapter plugs or socket strips otherwise you could cause overloading which is a fire risk
  • If there are any signs of overheating or if the plug gets too hot to touch, turn off the heater immediately. If the socket is damaged in any way, do not use it again and get it replaced by one of our SOR Electrical qualified electricians
  • If you have to use an extension cord or reel for a heater, make sure it’s fully unwound before use, even if it doesn’t reach where you want it to. The reason for this is the cable is carrying a large current, and if it’s still coiled up in the reel, the heat accumulates and it can get very hot. This could melt the cable and is a fire risk
  • Never run more than one heater from an extension cord or reel

If you have any concerns about the condition or safety of the electrical heaters in your home, either replace them, or give SOR Electrical, 

With the arrival of winter, people start using their electric heaters again. And of course most of these heaters have been sitting around unused all summer.

SOR Electrical recently had a call-out to a flat in Bayswater, London W2 by the tenant where their electricity had tripped. Our electrician traced the fault pretty quickly to an electric ‘fire’ heater in their living room with a damaged cable. There are a number of simple checks I advise you should carry out on your electric heaters especially if they have not been used in a while.

Some simple checks to carry out on electric heaters

  • Is the casing or body cracked or damaged in any way?
  • Are all the necessary covers and guards in place to stop fingers or hands, big or small, getting inside and being burned or getting a shock?
  • Does the heater show signs of overheating or melting anywhere? This can include discolouration or a change in shape
  • Is the cable in any way damaged or loose?
  • Can you see the colours of the wires inside the cables? (you should not be able to)
  • Is the plug in good condition, cable firmly attached and showing no signs of overheating?

If the answers to any of these questions cause concern, then I suggest getting a new electric heater and disposing of the old one. In the case of electric fires which can be more expensive you could get one of our SOR Electrical qualified electricians to do a safety check to ensure it’s working correctly.

Safety tips when using electric heaters

  • Give each electric heater its own socket. Don’t use them with multi-socket adapter plugs or socket strips otherwise you could cause overloading which is a fire risk
  • If there are any signs of overheating or if the plug gets too hot to touch, turn off the heater immediately. If the socket is damaged in any way, do not use it again and get it replaced by one of our SOR Electrical qualified electricians
  • If you have to use an extension cord or reel for a heater, make sure it’s fully unwound before use, even if it doesn’t reach where you want it to. The reason for this is the cable is carrying a large current, and if it’s still coiled up in the reel, the heat accumulates and it can get very hot. This could melt the cable and is a fire risk
  • Never run more than one heater from an extension cord or reel

If you have any concerns about the condition or safety of the electrical heaters in your home, either replace them, or give SOR Electrical Bayswater, Hyde Park & Paddington, W2 electricians, a call on 0208 035 5199.

All our London electricians are certified and fully qualified.

Or contact info@sorelectrical.com. Leave your name and number and one of our SOR Electrical, London staff will call you back within the hour.

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