Common Electrical System Mistakes And How To Prevent Them

Common Electrical System Mistakes And How To Prevent Them

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It is crucial to have proper electrical connections in your home, office or places of business since failures or faults in the system pose a serious risk in terms of fire damage, electrocution and short circuits. Whether you are working in the electrical industry or tackling your own project, there are some common mistakes that need to be avoided. The consequences of improper wiring and other mistakes are possibly catastrophic, not just inconvenient.

Here are the top issues to watch for, and solutions for fixing them:

Wiring outside of electrical boxes

The main use of electrical boxes includes protecting wire connections against any accidental damage and also preventing electrical fire hazards by containing sparks and heat from loose connections and short circuits. Connecting these wires through an electrical junction box is essential for safeguarding them as well as property and people.

Using a “Too-Small” electrical box

If you are not using the right-sizes junction box, the wires inside it will be stuffed all together and also the box will be over-filled. When wiring is tightly crammed into a small box or space, the risk of short circuits is greater. This might be a potential fire hazard, which is why you should follow the minimum box sizes that are specified by the National Electrical Code.

Wires cut too short

If you cut the wiring too short, making some proper connections becomes more difficult and this poses a tremendous risk. Poor connections can cause overheating, short circuits and other electrical faults. It is safer to leave wires protruding about 3 inches or so from the box, which lets you easily move the wires around while making connections.

Unsecured cables and wires

When you are installing wires and cables secure them with a clamp to prevent strained connections and damage. Clamp selection depends on the type of electrical box you are using. Built-in cable clamps are not required for single plastic boxes, but cables should be stapled within 8 inches of the box. Internal clamps are needed for larger plastic boxes, and you’re required to staple cables within 12 inches of it. Use approved cable clamps for metal junction boxes, since wiring can be damaged by the sharp edges of the box.

Unsupported switches and outlets

Unsupported switches and outlets or loosely connected wires are a potential safety hazard, in addition to looking sloppy. They can move around or get pulled during use, damaging the connection between wires and terminals in them. As a result, the danger of arcing and overheating is higher, which can lead to fires and short circuits.

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The Importance of Smoke Alarms

The Importance of Smoke Alarms

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Smoke alarms are a life-saving device that is often neglected. Many homes have at least one smoke alarm but they forget to replace the batteries yearly and test it periodically. This device can only save lives if it’s properly maintained and in good working condition.

This article will emphasise how important it is to have at least one smoke alarm on each floor of your home.

Buy smoke alarms

Experts report that the consumers may cut their risk of dying in a home fire in half by having a smoke alarm installed. These smoke alarms are available at nearly all departments stores, hardware and discount stores for under £10. The peace of mind you will have from knowing that you and your family is safe and secure is worth the investment.

Safety in numbers

It’s important to install at least one smoke alarm on each floor of your residence and outside all the sleeping areas. Other fire safety advocates recommend installing smoke alarms inside each sleeping area if they are sleeping with the door closed.

Keep your alarms working properly

Maintain and test your smoke alarms at least once a month or just follow the manufacturer’s instructions. These alarms most often fail because of dead, missing or disconnected batteries. It’s important to change the batteries once a year and test it by simply pushing a button and listen to hear the beep.

Practice a fire escape plan

In addition to installing smoke alarms in your home, it’s also crucial to develop a fire escape plan and practice it at least twice a year with all the members of your family or household. Every family member should know at least two ways to escape each room in case there’s a fire. Stay as close to the floor as possible since smoke and hot air rises rapidly making the floor the safest place to breathe. When you encounter a closed door during your escape, feel the door before opening it. If it is too hot to touch, use another emergency exit. It’s also very important to teach your children on how to get out in case of fire, not just hide under a bed or inside a closet.

EJS Electrical provides a wide range of electrical installations and services to a variety of domestic customers. All work is guaranteed to be of the highest quality. Contact us today through 01793 238806 or info@ejselectrical.co.uk

Home's Electrical System Maintenance

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.

Hire an Electrician

Reasons Why You Need to Hire an Electrician for Your Home

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DIY home repairs can be tempting especially if you think about the money that you’ll be able to save. However, some projects such as electrical repairs require professional assistance as doing it yourself can be very dangerous. In this article we enumerate some of the benefits you get from hiring a professional electrician:

1. Safety first.

Working with electricity is dangerous if not done correctly with the right expertise and caution. A professional electrician has the training, skills and expertise to do the job as safely as possible. Remember, in any home repair project safety should always be the top priority.

2. Safety in the long-term.

Electrical problems are not necessarily minor, they can bring major problems. So, if an electrical job has been done incorrectly or haphazardly, it can become a safety hazard in your home causing a fire or an electric shock. Hire a professional electrician to avoid these problems.

3. The work is done correctly.

By hiring a professional electrician, you get the job done correctly the first time. If you don’t, you might waste more time and money trying to fix the problem.

4. Education and knowledge.

Professional electricians have the experience and training that makes them the necessary choice for all electrical needs. Before hiring, make sure that you check their background.

5. Avoid taking risks.

You may think that electrical wiring is simple, but it is connected to a complicated network. Professional electricians are a must for all household electrical problems.

If you are planning to hire an electrician to do the job, EJS Electrical can help. EJS Electrical is a professional and highly regarded Swindon based Electrical Contractor, specialising in all aspects of electrical work. We offer a comprehensive range of services for both domestic and commercial clients that includes both Letting Agents and Swindon Borough Council. Please don’t hesitate to contact us as we are always happy to offer help and advice in relation to any work you are considering.