Always check by sight and touch (before plugging in and switching on!) for any nicks or imperfections – report any issues and DO NOT USE.
Check for any tears or cuts to the cable and if there is any damage, and certainly if any copper cable is visible, DO NOT USE the appliance and report it for repair & replacement of the cable.
It’s not worth taking the chance – FIT A NEW CABLE!
Damage can occur when:
We always recommend the use of an RCD (Residual Current Device).
Over heating / burned
Damaged plastic casing
Plug with no top & no earth in use in a public area with a real danger of electrocution for any user.
Attempted DIY connection with exposed wires hence PAT failed.
In all cases DO NOT USE the machine.
Replace the plug correctly and ensure the correct fuse is used.
Plugs and sockets
For plugs and sockets, keep an eye out for the following:
Hot plugs or sockets, scorch marks, fuses that often blow, or flickering lights – they are all signs of loose wiring or other electrical problems
Badly wired plugs – any coloured wires sticking out could come loose and debris could also get into the plug
Overloaded sockets – plugging too many electrical appliances into one socket can lead to overheating
Cables and leads
The risks with cables and leads include:
Getting frayed and damaged – make sure the outer covering of all power leads is in good condition and replace if necessary
Being badly positioned – they shouldn’t be anywhere that they could be tripped over, or near water, cookers or other sources of heat
Running them under rugs or carpets where they can wear through without anyone noticing – position them elsewhere
Keep your electrical equipment in good working order
Follow the guidelines below to make sure your electrical items are safe to use:
Electrically powered machines, especially ones that run at high speeds and contain motors, such as buffers and scrubber driers, should be serviced once a year by a qualified technician.
Plugs, sockets and cables
Plugs, sockets and cables also need to be used correctly, you should:
• Make sure you can’t see any coloured wires between the plug and the power lead – change the plug properly
• Make sure the wires are held firmly in place inside the plug
When you’re fitting or replacing a fuse, it’s important to use the right fuse for the machine to make sure the fuse doesn’t overheat.
Check the user manual or look for a sticker on the machine to find out its wattage and then use the correct fuse:
> 700 watts, use a 3 amp fuse
Between 700 and 1,000 watts, use a 5 amp fuse
< 1,000 watts, use a 13 amp fuse
Extension leads and adaptors have a limit on how many amps they can take, so be careful not to overload them, to reduce the risk of fire.
Thermal overload protection
Electric cleaning machines are fitted with a thermal protection device.
If the machine stops working, switch off and remove the plug from the wall before investigating where the fault lies.
Inspect the brush (if a rotary or scrubber), floor tool (if a vacuum), vacuum hose and any tubes for debris.
In the case of vacuum cleaners, if the floor tool, tubes and hose are clear, replace the dust bag and clean the filter. Restricted air flow causes vacuum motors to over heat and trip out.
Be careful and observant when using vacuum cleaners that you don’t pick up items that may block the hose or tube, restricting airflow.
Sometimes very resistant floors and coarse, aggressive pads can produce significant friction, resistance and heat and thermal overloads kick-in to protect motors from burning out. Use the right pad / brush / speed of machine and chemical to avoid any mishaps.