Switch and Socket hot to touch. Safety Message

If switches or sockets are warm to touch or if you get a smell from them, there is a problem. I have come across many instances where the customer said the switch felt warm or the fuse on the fuse board felt warm. This indicates a serious problem which needs to be dealt with immediately.


  1. Switch off switch
  2. Do not switch back on again
  3. Call a competent electrician
  4. Wait until the all clear is given.

Items that may cause problems are.

  • Sockets
  • Light switches
  • Immersion switches
  • Cooker switches
  • Shower switches
  • Fuse board switches
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