As clocks go back, check electrics to stay safe

As clocks go back, check electrics to stay safe

Clocks go back one hour on Sunday 27 October, and Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) says it is a useful reminder to stay safe by checking electrical equipment.

Among the items SWP suggests worth checking are smoke detectors and other monitors for carbon monoxide and radon, fire alarms, anything with batteries and the batteries themselves, plus plugs, sockets and bulbs, including Christmas lights.

If anything is broken or failed, or the batteries are flat, it gives families the chance to get items repaired or replaced promptly, and to recycle anything no longer needed.

All electrical and electronic items can be recycled at all 16 Somerset recycling sites, including detectors and alarms, batteries, bulbs, plugs, wiring and equipment leads.

A SWP spokesman said: “Checking your electrical items will only take minutes but it could prevent a fire and save a life.”

As well as getting items repaired professionally, local free repair cafes may have helpful qualified electricians on hand to help fix items. SWP keeps a full list of repair cafes:

And there is helpful news for those keen to recycle more, as the new Recycle More expanded weekly kerbside collections, which are rolling out from next June in Mendip and the rest of the county over following 18 months, will include household batteries and small electrical items.

In the UK, clocks go forward one hour at 1am on the last Sunday in March, and back one hour at 2am on the last Sunday in October. When the clocks go back, the UK is on Greenwich Mean Time.