When might you need an emergency callout?

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An emergency electrical callout is just how it sounds – it means calling out an electrician in case of a home emergency. Hopefully, you’ll never need an emergency callout, but here are some reasons why you may need one.

Power outage

You could be minding your own business one day and suddenly – no power! This can be very annoying and inconvenient, especially if there’s something important you have to do. If it’s late at night then it can also be a scary experience as you’ll be shrouded in darkness. Your smartphones torch will do for you to be able to get around, but the next step is to check if your house is the only one with the power outage.

Look outside and see if your neighbour’s lights are on, check streetlamps, or knock on your neighbours’ door and ask. If it’s just you, then it’s time to make a callout – call an electrician ASAP, don’t leave it until the morning!

Burning or smoke

If you see or smell burning or smoke then this is likely a bad sign. If it’s coming from your power outlets then this counts as an electrical emergency – in the worst case, a fire could start in your home so be safe and make an emergency callout. Switch off everything in or near the power outlet and wait for the electrition to arrive to properly access the situation.

Water damage

If your home has been subjected to any water damage, such as flooding or a burst pipe, then this can cause water damage to your electrical wiring. This is very unsafe as there is a high risk of electrical shock and, even if the water damage doesn’t seem that severe, it is still best to get it checked out by an electrician to ensure there are no problems later down the line.

Here at EJS Electrical, we can come to you in your time of need. We have an emergency callout service is available, so you can rely on us to help you in case of an electrical emergency. Contact us today to find out more.

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How can you test your smoke alarm?

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Smoke alarms, or detectors, are something that every home should have – they can save your life! It’s important that your smoke alarm is working correctly, which is why it needs to be tested at least every year. Here is all the information you need about testing your smoke alarm.

What are smoke alarms for?

A smoke alarm is a device that can detect smoke in case of a fire. If smoke is detected then a loud alarm will sound, designed to alert anyone in the home, or wake up those that are asleep.

What kind of smoke alarm do you have?

Smoke alarms come in different types and models, here’s a quick breakdown of the different types:

Optical – This type of alarm can be quite pricey but is often more reliable. When smoke enters through the opening vents, the alarm sound is triggered; they check for smoke particles in the air are less likely to set off false alarms because of their accuracy.

Ionisation – This type of alarm is cheap and widely available. They quickly detect fast-growing fires and are very sensitive to smoke particles – as a result, they can have the tendency to trigger false alarms, especially when used near the kitchen.

Most often, smoke alarms are battery-powered. However, you can also get alarms that are powered by the mains in your house – this type needs to be installed by a qualified electrition.

Testing

The best way to test your smoke alarm is by pressing the visible ‘test’ button; press and hold this button until you hear the alarm sound. It should be loud and piercing – if it’s not, or if you are unable to hear the alarm, then you will need to replace the batteries or consider a replacement model. Make sure to alert anyone who is home with you that you will be testing the smoke alarm, so they don’t get a nasty surprise!

It’s important that your smoke alarm is working at all times, so you should test it at least every year. If your smoke alarm is battery-powered then it is useful to check the batteries every month – to avoid doing this you may want to invest in long-life batteries.

If you would like to get a new smoke alarm installed into your home, then contact us at EJS Electrical today – we’ll be happy to help!

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Electrical Emergency – What to expect from a call out

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We all take the smooth running of our homes for granted. Our electricity supply is always there, keeping our homes warm, flooded with light and powered up for using the internet or watching the television. So when something goes wrong, our lives can be turned upside down. Fortunately, many electrical companies offer emergency call outs to help us during this difficult time. Below we explore what you should expect from such a call out.

Safety is the priority

The first step that any emergency electrician will take is to ensure that your property is safe. This will involve cutting the electrical supply to the property if you haven’t already done so. Once you and your property are safe they can then begin to tackle the problem.

Assess what is wrong

The electrician will introduce themselves and then begin to quickly assess what is wrong. Different types of electrical emergency require different actions.

When there are exposed wires

Exposed electrical wires are a threat to life and require emergency action. There is a risk of fire and electrocution. Your emergency electrician will isolate any problem and make the property safe.

When you have no power

If your property suffers a power cut, but the surrounding area is unaffected, then this is a problem with your electrical wiring. The emergency electrician will quickly discover the problem with your wiring and will be able to make the system safe once again. If there is a major fault then they may make a temporary solution until the problem can be fixed.

When you smell burning

If you see smoke or smell any burning near wall sockets, the fuse box or any electrical outlets, then you need to call an emergency electrician. They will turn off the main electricity supply and quickly get to the bottom of the problem, as there will be an issue somewhere within the electrical system.

Here at EJS Electrical, we provide both domestic and commercial customers with an electrical emergency call out service. To learn more please do visit the website or give us a call on 01793 238806 or 07725 228145.

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Christmas lights – better to be safe than sorry!

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Putting decorations up around the house is the first clear sign the festive period has begun. Some neighbourhoods even have friendly competitions to see who can install the best and brightest light displays. But whether you’re simply hanging a few fairy lights around your tree, or planning on a full LED nativity scene, you need to be certain that the lights you’re using are safe.

Here are a few tips to ensure your Christmas lights don’t deliver any nasty surprises…

Check old lights carefully

It’s always a good idea to plug in your lights and check they’re still working when you retrieve them from the loft or garage. But first, you should examine them to ensure there are no signs corrosion, especially if they’ve been stored somewhere that’s prone to damp.

Make sure they comply with safety regulations

When you buy your lights, look for recognised safety standard certificates like the BSI kitemark. Be wary of buying cheap lights online – chances are they have been imported without undergoing stringent safety tests.

When installing your lights, always be mindful of hazards

Make sure cables are not trailing in a place where people could trip over them. If you are decorating a real Christmas tree, check that no wires are near water. Also be wary of using extension cables, as they could overload the socket. If you do need to use an extension lead, make sure it has a surge protector.

Always use common sense

If the box says the lights are for indoor use only, never attempt to use them outdoors. Also, even though it’s nice to arrive home to a house full of twinkling lights, always turn them off when you go out. This will prevent the risk of them overheating.

It may seem like ‘Bah humbug’ advice, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

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How long does a full house re-wire take?

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If you have purchased a property that needs renovating in order to restore it to its former glory, you may well need a full electrical rewire. This could be because the old electrics in there do not work or are not compliant with current building regulations. Even a home which you already live in may need a full re-wire at times if something catastrophic happens to your electrics.

Of course, the burning question for all homeowners is how long will it take.

It depends on your circumstances

Unfortunately, there is no definitive answer we can give for how long a full house re-wire will take. This is because the amount of time it takes will depend on how big your property is. Naturally, a 2 bedroom house with a smaller floorplan will take less time than a larger 5 bed detached house. This is simply down to the larger house having more re-wiring to complete and more rooms to re-wire. A rough idea of how long it could take for your home is given below though for reference:

1 bedroom – between 4 and 7 days
2 bedrooms – around 5 to 8 days
3 bedrooms – from 6 to 10 days
4 bedrooms – up to 2 weeks
5 bedrooms – from 10 to 15 days

If you have a home which has more than 5 bedrooms, it will naturally take a number of weeks. The above timescales are merely a guide but they at least give some idea of what is involved. Of course, various factors like the property being lived in while work is being done could have an impact.

Call today for professional electrical re-wiring

If you find yourself needing to have a full re-wire in your house, contact us at EJS Electrical Services today. Our team of professional electricians have the qualifications and experience needed to get the job done right. All our work is guaranteed and done in line with current safety standards for full peace of mind. Get in touch for more details.

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Why Electrical Safety Inspections are a Requirement for Landlords

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As a landlord, you have the responsibility of ensuring the homes or offices you rent out are safe for your tenants and comply with all health and safety standards.

This means that landlords must ensure the electrical installation is safe before tenants move in. This includes demonstrating that all electrical equipment, such as kettles, toasters and washing machines have CE marking.

PAT testing is not a legal requirement for portable electrical equipment, but it is advisable for rented properties as it ensures that everything has been tested and shown to be safe.

Although having an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) or Electrical Safety Inspection Certificate is not a legal requirement for single-occupancy properties, obtaining one is the easiest means of guaranteeing that the electrics are safe for tenants at the beginning and during their tenancy.

However, for a House of Multiple Occupancy (HMO), an EICR is a legal requirement with additional checks every five years.

An EICR test checks for any deterioration in the electrics and ensures the quality of the electrical installation coincides with BS7671 requirements. The test can identify any circuitry issues, any risks of electric shocks or fire hazards, as well as any problems with bonding or earthing of the installation and any faulty electric work which could result in injury.

To carry out the test the engineer will have to disconnect the electric supply. Depending on the size of the property the EICR test can take a few hours to a couple of weeks to complete but to limit disruption this can be carried out in stages.

Here at EJS Electrical, we take your safety and that of your tenants very seriously. Therefore, we provide Electrical Safety Inspections, including PAT testing, by experienced engineers providing you with the certification required. To book in an inspection please call the team at EJS Electrical today.
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How Long You Have To Fix Defects Following Electrical Inspection

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To prevent any danger caused by faulty electrical systems and other activities related to such, the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 (EAWR), urges employers, employees and the self-employed to be dutiful. But the EAWR can only do so much with regards to issues on electrical inspection and testing alone. Regulation 4 says that employers should take all needed steps ‘so far as reasonably practicable’ to prevent danger arising from electrical systems and work activities on or near them.

Here are tips as to where duty holders should go for their electrical inspection and testing and when they need to handle defects depending on how severe the problem is:

BEST PRACTICE

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) made the Memorandum of Guidance on the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 which serves as an advisory document of best practice. This, in turn, references the Institute of Engineering Technology (IET) Wiring Regulations (BS 7671) as “a code of practice which is widely recognised and accepted in the UK and compliance with them is likely to achieve compliance with the relevant aspects of the EAWR”.

IGNORE AT YOUR PERIL

The Guidance and the referenced IET Regulations are only advisory, as duty holders are required to prove that they took all steps ‘so far as reasonably practicable’ as per the new sentencing guidelines that now state that courts need to consider the risk of harm and the accountability of defendants.

THE IET REGULATIONS, DEFECT CODES AND EXPECTED TIME FRAME

The following should be included and the standardised codes that should be part of all electrical testing and reports:
  • Test results
  • Condition Report: This will state how severe the defects are against the standards.
  • Schedule of Defects: These will be given the codes C1,C2,C3, and FI terms of severity of defects and timescales for rectification

The time when you have to carry out repairs depends on the Schedule of Defect code.

C1: DANGER PRESENT (REQUIRES IMMEDIATE ACTION)

When danger is present, immediate action is advised without delay to fix the defect or take any other appropriate step to remove the danger.

Examples:

  • Exposed live parts
  • Live conductive parts due to faults

C2: POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS (ACTION SHOULD USUALLY BE TAKEN WITHIN 30 DAYS)

As we all know, the installation may not pose any immediate risk but urgent action is required to remove any potential danger.

Examples:

  • No reliable and/or effective ways of earthing for installation
  • No earthing at a socket outlet
  • Ineffective overcurrent protection

C3: IMPROVEMENTS NEEDED: NO TIME LIMIT PROVIDED.

This applies when present on the case is a clear non-compliance with a current safety standard is found. Remedial action would significantly improve safety but there is no immediate or potential danger, Remedial work should be given consideration.

Examples:

  • No RCD protection for a socket-outlet that supply portable or mobile equipment for outdoor use
  • No RCD protection for cables at a depth of less than 50mm from a surface of a wall where cables do not incorporate an earthed metallic covering, not enclosed in earthed metalwork, or are not mechanically protected against penetration

FI: FOR FURTHER INVESTIGATION: THE ISSUE SHOULD BE INVESTIGATED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

If a potential safety issue has been found but is not yet fully identified, further investigation regarding the matter is highly recommended.

Examples:

  • Characteristics of electricity supply do not conform to supply industry norms
  • Presence of circuits that cannot be readily identified or traced
To understand and achieve compliance when it comes to your electrical inspection and testing responsibilities is to know what your duties are based on the law. If you need any assistance and want to more about the process, you may visit the official website of EJS Electrical.
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5 Free Ways To Reduce Your Electricity Bills

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Expensive electricity bills? You can do something about it. Follow these free energy-saving tips.

 

Install a smart thermostat or thermostatic radiator valves for your entire house.

These heating controllers will allow you to set the heating temperature in each room and even the hot water in your cloakroom and bathroom. Getting a smart thermostat, which provides the same heating controls on the Internet. It also comes with cool features, such as weather forecasts and your daily routine.

 

Replace old appliances and light bulbs with new energy-efficient models.

Older versions of electric appliances and light bulbs have been proven to consume more electricity to power up as opposed to their newer counterparts that claim to be more energy efficient. The mere act of replacing all the old light bulbs in your home with an LED bulb can cut your electric bill up to £80 each year. An LED light bulb cost only £1.70 to run annually while traditional bulbs cost more than double to run.

 

Be more mindful of your use of electricity.

A good habit can be as simple as switching off lights when they are not in use or when it is unnecessary can help reduce your electricity bill. Another brilliant strategy would be putting on a sweater or a cardigan instead of cranking up your heater higher. According to the Energy Savings Trust, lowering your room temperature by just 1 degree Celsius can save you around £75 per year from electricity bill.

 

Avoid leaving your electronic devices on standby and phone chargers plugged overnight.

This is an easy and effortless practice but saves you around £75 per year.

 

Address draughts, gaps, and poorly ventilated areas at home where heat escapes

Lost heat means wasted electricity and your money down the drain. There are a few good measures that you can put in place to solve this dilemma, from insulating your loft to applying draught-proofing strips to your doors and windows, or boarding up your fireplace when it is not in use.

 

Bonus tip: Get a professional electrician to check your electrical appliances, outlets, and wiring.

 

Electricians in Swindon

EJS Electrical is a reputable electrical firm based in Swindon. We have a team of professional and licensed electricians who are NICEIC registered, Part P approved contractors, and IEE Wiring Regulations 17th Edition qualified in compliance with the current British Standards 7671. Our services include emergency call outs, testing and certification, and full and partial rewire for both residential and commercial establishments.

Do you need an electrician in Swindon? To speak with a member of our team, please call us on 01793 238806 or 07725 228145. You can also email us info@ejselectrical.co.uk or fill out our online contact form on our website.

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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 the 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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Do you need an electrician in Swindon?
EJS Electrical is a trusted electrical firm with a team of professional and licensed electricians who are NICEIC registered, Part P approved contractors, and IEE Wiring Regulations 17th Edition qualified in compliance with the current British Standards 7671. Our services include emergency call outs, testing and certification, and full and partial rewiring for both residential and commercial establishments.
To speak with a member of our team, please call us on 01793 238806 or 07725 228145. You can also email us info@ejselectrical.co.uk or fill out our online contact form on our website.
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DIY Electrical Work: Why You Should Never Do It At Home

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We often try to repair or improve electrical items in our homes, however this should be avoided since it may bring serious danger to yourself and others. A qualified electrician must be sought for every repair.

1. Electrical Shock

When working around electricity, one of the main concerns is the possibility of being shocked or electrocuted. Any electrical shock can lead to injuries and even death especially when it is from higher voltages. Residential homes use around 110 volts for most of their appliances. However, there are certain appliances that require up to 240 volts, which is a deadly amount of current.

2. Fire Hazards

Faulty wirings is a real concern for DIYers. Not only does it pose a risk of hurting one’s self through electrical shock, it can also cause a fire. Unlike electrical shocks that you feel immediately, electrical fire hazards can remain dormant for months. This leads to a false sense of security among DIYers. After several weeks, the wiring might short out if the copper deteriorates and splits, which can eventually cause a fire. This is another reason why you should always hire a trained electrician when you encounter any problem with your electrics.

3. Inspection Issues

The law dictates that all electrical components installed in your homes are inspected before being used. This is often overlooked in DIY projects. Aside from being a risk, non-inspection can also lead to fines. When you hire professionals to do their job, you are sure that all electrical repairs are inspected.

4. GFI Implementation

GFI or Ground Fault Interrupter is designed to prevent users from getting shocked especially if there is a faulty connection. This device is most commonly placed in areas that are always moist such as bathrooms and outdoor outlets. Although this is a vital part in electrical works, most DIYers are unfamiliar with it and end up neglecting this device. Only trained electricians are capable of identifying the areas in which GFI is required.

These are just some of the reasons why you should not put electrical works into your own hands. If you are planning to hire an electrician to do the job, EJS Electrical can help. EJS Electrical are 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.