How to Turn Off Electricity Safely

main off switch on consumer unit
In the event of an emergency, it’s important to know how to safely turn off the electricity to your property. There are certain situations where this may be essential to ensuring your wellbeing, the condition of your property and the safety of others. 

Main Components for Power Distribution.

It’s important you get to know the main components of your system. The heart of your home electrics is your consumer unit, often referred to as fuse box. Inside you’ll find the components responsible for controlling and distributing power to your home.

You’ll find more information about individual components and how to tell if you need a replacement on our page 

When to Turn Off Electricity

There are several common scenarios where switching your electricity off may be necessary. These include electrical fires, electrical shocks, and water-related incidents such as flooding or water leaks. You might need to stop your electricity if you see sparks or smoke coming from electrical outlets, exposed wires, or appliances submerged in water. 

While this resource is designed to help you remain safe, you should immediately contact a professional in the majority of scenarios. More information can be found on our page

Step By Step Guide to Switch Off Electricity

Precautionary Measures

First and foremost, ensure your safety and the safety of those around you. Assess the situation from afar, avoid touching any electrical equipment or outlets, especially if water is present. Only proceed if safe to do so.  

Locate the Consumer Unit

Ensure clear access by removing any obstacles. In most homes, it’s located near the entrance of the property. Please note, if you notice heat, noises or sparks coming from the unit, do not touch it, call an Electrician immediately. 

Identify the Main Switch

This is typically a large red switch or button. It’s the primary means of cutting off power to the entire home. In some cases, turning off individual circuit breakers may be necessary to isolate specific areas or circuits. 

Main Switch Off

Flip it to the “off” position. If needed, turn off individual circuit breakers by flipping their respective switches to the “off” position as well.  

Verify Your Power is Off

After turning off the main switch and circuit breakers, check lights, appliances, and sockets to ensure power has been successfully cut off.  

By following these steps and safety tips, you can confidently and safely turn off home electricity. If in doubt or if the situation is beyond your control, seek professional assistance. 

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