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7 Electrical Safety Tips for Your Home

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In the United Kingdom, faulty electrical issues, malfunctioning washing machines, overloaded sockets, and overheating microwaves are the primary culprits of house fires, which have mounted to 60 incidents per week in 2018.
There are so many things you can do to prevent this from happening to you. Start off with these important electrical safety tips.

 

Avoid buying appliances or electrical supplies from disreputable sources.

No matter how much money you believe you save, do not buy your electrical appliances or supplies from sketchy shops just because they are cheaper. Chances are these items are made of questionable quality, which may put your family and properties safety at risk.

 

Look for European and British safety marks when shopping for electronic products.

This is to ensure that the product you are purchasing has followed the required safety standards imposed by the United Kingdom or the European Union. These include the CE and the Kitemark.

 

Do not overload your electrical outlets and sockets.

Home safety experts advise against plugging into all available sockets and using all electric devices at once, especially an extension lead with other devices plugged into it as well.

 

Never connect two extension leads together.

Connecting two extension leads to accommodate multiple gadgets or appliances at once may seem like a brilliant hack, but in reality, it is a dangerous practice that frequently leads to electrical overload.

 

Install smoke alarms.

Make sure that your home or office has a functioning smoke alarm. If you are renting, this is a must-have in a property before settling in. Double-check if your old smoke alarm is still in excellent condition or if it is time to get a newer one.

 

Be vigilant about weird smell of smoke, heat, or sparks from outlets or appliances.

This is usually the first sign of faulty electrical wiring. If any of this happens, call an electrician immediately.

 

Get a professional electrician to service your home at least once every 10 years.

Don’t take the safety of your home for granted. Make it a point that it is checked and maintained every now and then by a qualified NICEIC Registered Part P approved Contractor.

 

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Maintain Your Home’s Electrical System With These Tips

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It is easy to take your electrical system for granted, after all, flipping on a switch and plugging in an appliance only take seconds to do and you’re automatically provided with utilities. Wirings and potential problems are hidden within your walls and appliances, and a simple faulty wiring may incite a dangerous catalyst. This is especially true for older homes that don’t have an electrical inspection for more than a couple of decades. To prevent electrocution and fire hazards, we have compiled some tips to ensure you and your family’s safety.

Check if your lights are dimming.

If your light suddenly dims especially when you’re using a large appliance such as a dryer, it may be a sign that your wiring is inadequate. Flickering lights is also an indication of internal electrical wiring damage.

Prevent overloading.

One circuit can only take so many appliances and overloading can lead to power outages and wiring problems. Knowing which appliances take too much energy can help you prevent plugging multiple outlets in one circuit.

Examine the state of your outlets.

If your outlet makes the appliance go on and off, it is more likely worn out and is faulty because of multiple uses. But if several outlets produce the same result, there may be some connection problems with your electrical system.

Always use tested and certified electrical wiring.

It may be compelling to purchase a more affordable electrical wiring, but it is not worth staking your own and your family’s safety. Always choose certified electrical wiring as you can be assured that it underwent extensive testing.

Routine testing by a qualified electrician is vital to maintain your electrical system’s condition and to assure that your property is not in violation of any laws. You can also be informed of the possible electrical hazards that you don’t know are present in your home.

At EJS Electrical, we provide a wide range of electrical installations and services to a variety of domestic customers. The range of our electrical installation services is comprehensive and will cover straightforward tasks such as replacement or installation of switches and sockets, emergency call outs, general fault finding and repair, and bigger projects such as electric underfloor heating and inspection, testing and certification. If you have any queries about the services we offer, please call us on 01793 238806 or 07725 228145 or email us at info@ejselectrical.co.uk and a member of our friendly team will be in contact promptly.