A survey has found that a worrying number of UK homeowners don’t know how to turn off the electricity or other essentials inside their homes.
In a bid to educate homeowners and renters about how to turn off these services – which could avoid costing thousands of pounds worth of damage and potentially putting their lives in danger – MyBuilder surveyed 2,000 people.
MyBuilder has created an advice page on its website to help them learn how to quickly shut off these services.
The key results
- 39% dreaded a problem with the waterworks
- 33% wouldn’t know how to turn off their gas and would turn to Google to locate the shut off valve
- 21% wouldn’t know what to do to fix the heating
- 20% are worried about electrical problems
- 19% don’t know how to turn off their water – which rises to 38% among 18 to 34-year-olds
Not knowing how to locate these vital safety features can have potentially lethal consequences, as well as being costly to repair devastating water or fire damage.
Carl Goulding from MyBuilder said: “It’s vital that all homeowners and tenants know how to turn off their live services.
“You never know when you might have to – and not being able to act quickly in the event of an emergency can have devastating consequences.
“We want to make sure that every homeowner or tenant has the basic knowledge so that if something does go wrong, they know what to do fast.”
Other interesting findings
- 28% of those surveyed wouldn’t know how to bleed a radiator
- 26% have drilled into a wall without checking what’s behind it
- 14% would use Google to find their electricity or gas meter
- 12% of 18 to 34-year-olds have used the internet to find out how to change a lightbulb
- 11% have googled how to fix a boiler
- 7% have searched the internet for how to replace a gas cooker
- 6% have had to call out a professional to turn off their water
- 6% have also had to call an electrician to switch the power back on