Electrical Safety Advice

General Safety Tips

Fuse Board

  • Have your fuse board checked by a registered electrical contractor at least every two years.

  • Before adding an electric shower to your electricity supply, ask a registered electrical contractor to check that the supply is able to handle the load safely.

  • Any change in the behaviour of your electricity, for example flickering lights or fuses blowing more than once, should be checked by a registered electrical contractor.

  • If you are replacing fuses, ensure that the correct type and size is used.

Fire Safety

  • Fit two or more smoke alarms in your home and test regularly. Don't forget to replace their batteries twice every year.

  • Always keep a fire blanket and fire extinguisher in your kitchen.

  • Don’t mix electricity and water. If you have an electrical fire, only use an ABC dry powder or carbon dioxide (C02) extinguisher.


Home Safety Checks

  • Test your Residual Current Device (RCD) every three to six months by pressing the 'Test' or 'T' button. This simulates a fault and 'trips' the switch showing you that the RCD is working correctly. You can then simply reset the switch back to the 'on' position. If pressing the button does not trip the switch, it is faulty and you need to arrange for a registered electrical contractor to fix this.

  • Check sockets, switches and appliances for signs of overheating or wear and tear on flexes.

  • Check that plug tops are properly connected - the colour of the wires in a flex entering a plug-top should not be visible from outside the plug top.

  • Check for damage to plug tops such as cracking, heat discoloration, missing screws, etc.

General Safety Tips

Sockets & Switches 

  • Never use loose or damaged sockets or switches – have them repaired by a registered electrical contractor.

  • Never force a 2-pin plug into a 3-pin socket.

  • Avoid using multiple socket adapters.

  • Never use appliances with worn or damaged flexes. Replace the appliance or have it repaired by a professional.


Need to contact ESB Networks?

Website: If you need to contact ESBN you can find their full contact details here.  

Phone: You can contact ESBN at 1800 372 757 or +353 21 2386555. Their lines are open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 6pm and Saturday 8.30am to 1.30pm. If possible, please have your MPRN number to hand when calling them.




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