We all know that water and electricity make a lethal combination. So
it's important that fixed electrical equipment is installed correctly, and
that you use appliances in your kitchen with care.
• To avoid water coming into contact with electricity, make sure that
your sockets or switches are fitted at a safe distance (at least
30 centimetres horizontally) from the sink.
• If appliances such as fridges, dishwashers and washing machines
are fitted under worktops, getting to sockets may be difficult.
Ideally, these appliances should be controlled by a switched
fuse-connection unit mounted above the worktop where you can
reach it easily.
• If a socket in the kitchen, or anywhere else in the house is likely
to be used to supply portable equipment outdoors, it should have
an RCD fitted.
Take special care when using electrical appliances in the kitchen - the
mixture of water, hot surfaces, flexes and electricity can be very
dangerous. Check that flexible leads and appliances such as kettles
and toasters are in good condition.