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 or 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.
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:
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out our online contact form on our website.
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.
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 rewires 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 email@example.com or fill out our online contact form on our website.
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.
Whether you need an electrician now or later, it’s a good idea to familiarise yourself with the basic set-up of your electrics at home. So let’s try and do that here.
From the street, a thick electricity cable enters your property through a fusebox, then through your electricity meter (where you can read the figure your provider will need to calculate your bill).
From the meter, a cable will feed into what is known as the ‘consumer unit’, a wall-mounted box (in a plastic casing) hosting on-off switches for all the electrical circuits you have in your property. The switches are called ‘fuses’ or ‘circuit breakers’.
The consumer unit comprises a switch on the far right of the console which turns on and off the entire electricity supply to the home issuing from the mains. This switch is called the Residual Current Device (RCD) protector. If there’s a fault in your electrical system, the switch will trip to the off position causing all the electricity in your home to be switched off.
The RCD controls the current to each individual electrical circuit whether it be to your lights, your power sockets, your cooker, your freezer, boiler, immersion heater etc. The circuit breaker switches for each of these are ordered in a row left of the RCD Protector. Each circuit breaker is calibrated by the amount of current (amps) that flow through it – higher for appliances that need a higher current.
It’s a good idea to label each individual circuit breaker i.e. the circuit for the lights upstairs, the lights downstairs, immersion heater, cooker, freezer etc.
The newer type of consumer unit will have a mains switch and two RCDs. One for one group of circuits, say supplying upstairs, another group the downstairs so you won’t lose power to the whole property in one go.
A ‘ring circuit’ is formed by a cable that connects a circuit breaker on the consumer unit to a circuit of various sockets around the building, before returning to the unit. These are sometimes preferred to a ‘radial circuit’, which is a cable supplying a linear arrangement of sockets (i.e. don’t return to the consumer unit). Appliances that plug into the sockets then have different amp fuses, higher for those requiring a more powerful current, which will isolate the appliance should they experience a surge of electricity.
Electricity is of course very dangerous, so if you have any problems around the home, do contact a qualified tradesperson. If you’re local, looking for professional, reliable Swindon electricians, we’re here ready to take your call.
If you’re in any doubt that the electrical system in your home is outdated, you’re running the risk of overheating wires and sparking a fire.
Most of us take our electricity supply for granted or simply don’t give a second thought to what powers our lights, appliances and devices. It’s good to know then how to avoid a dangerous situation by understanding your electric power system.
In simple terms, your system is analogous to our body’s circulatory system. The heart is the electrical panel from which the circuits carry the electric current throughout the home to the lights, appliances and devices. The circuits therefore are like the arteries and veins.
The electric panel determines the amount of power that is available to the circuits. Each circuit distributes the power to different parts of the home, the circuit’s on-off mechanism controlled by a circuit breaker. The size and number of circuit breakers determine how the power is used in the home.
Often a problem occurs in an older property in which the system has become outdated. A large proportion of such homes were built for purpose with only 30 to 60 amps powering the whole, utilising only a few circuits.
So what are the symptoms of a home in need of an electrical system upgrade? Do any of these things apply?:
• Your circuit breakers trips (i.e. switches off) frequently;
• Your lights dim when you switch on other appliances;
• You’re using adapters or extension cords to create more electric outlets in the home.
If you answered yes to any or all of the above, you need your system checked out. In the case of the breakers, these should trip and cut the flow of power to the circuits. The circuits are a single wire connecting a series of outlets that can otherwise overload and overheat.
What will need addressing?
• Your panel will need upgrading to bring more power to your home. Or the panel or circuit breakers replaced if they are obsolete, damaged or dangerous;
• The existing meter and circuit breaker box replaced so the panel can handle more power;
• Additional circuits installed to distribute the power to your rooms and appliances and new electrical outlets provided, replacing the old receptacles.
You will want to rest assured that the electrics in your commercial premise – your office, school, restaurant, hotel – are working safely. To have peace of mind knowing the inconvenience and disruption to your business from electrical breakdowns and repairs can be limited and that you’re not losing money through an outdated and inefficient electrical system.
Did you know that 70-80% of businesses never reopen after a major disaster such as a fire? We can install fire alarms – mandatory for any business – compliant with fire regulations. Non-compliance of Fire regulations can incur hefty fines for businesses, so it’s important that you have this in place. We can offer you a consultation on fire protection at the design stage or advise on effective ways to upgrade your existing system.
EJS can install emergency lighting. The system will when correctly designed, installed and maintained, reduce the possibility of an accident or loss of life in the event of an electrical power loss. Again, this is a safety system required by law.
We of course do the basics – providing maintenance. Wiring needs to be checked and if necessary a partial or full rewiring implemented. Then there’s the Electrical Reports. We will check cables for wear and tear, hidden inside walls or in consumer units tucked away in cupboards. Our electricians will test all electrical items you have – including kettles, computers – plugging them into specialist PAT testing equipment. This records the status of those items, whether safe or faulty. If the former, the item is tagged with a green label, signed as ‘Passed’ and with the date of the check. These are important records for any insurance claims or Health and Safety compliance issues. If a defect is detected, electrical equipment can be replaced before it becomes a major problem and save you money down the line. An electrical mishap could well disrupt operations while you’re waiting to get it fixed.
Old or faulty wiring is potentially hazardous, one of the main causes of fire in the workplace. We will compile a full report of cables, switches and sockets on a regular basis. The Report will save you a lot of money and perhaps even lives.
We can offer you everything from simple checks to installing a fully rigged-up computer room and guarantee that we will be there for you in case of an emergency.
If Smart Devices are not what you need, they could well be what you want. Smart devices are definitely the future. Here’s a round-up of gadgets you might need/want to install.
Smart speakers. Systems like the Amazon Echo use an in-built microphone to listen to your voice commands. Ask ‘Alexa’ the Echo’s virtual assistant and ‘she’ will forecast the weather, relate the latest sports scores, convert pounds to kilograms, but more tellingly serve as a voice-controlled hub for your other smart gear. Other smart speakers exist, but the Amazon Echo Dot is a really good cheap start-off system. None of the smart speakers on the market are hi-fi quality, but the Dot can communicate with your superior hi-fi system.
Smart thermostats talk to your boiler and can control radiators and water heating so that they can switch to an Away mode when you leave the house, saving you money. Or they can be controlled remotely via your smartphone. The thermostat can suggest when to turn the heating down and will email you a monthly energy summary. A great environment and energy bill-slasher.
Smart tech offers a real benefit in security, giving you access to live feeds from cameras, cloud storage of footage, and even the potential for smart locks to govern who gets in and out. Netatmo and Netgear make great smart security cameras, but the Y-Cam Evo stands out as the best all-round indoor home security camera on sale due to a combination of hardware, software and free seven-day cloud recording.
Smart lights are cool and fun. Most modern systems let you set brightness, tone and colour, and control your bulbs with voice commands. The Philips Hue Ambiance Starter Kit gives you a choice of 16 million colours. Schedule the lights to turn on and off at certain times of day or when you enter or leave the house.
Vacuum cleaners. Not quite as effective as traditional cleaners, but they can work methodically around your home, capable of negotiating the slightest obstacles. Dyson comes up with an App which allows you to schedule when you want your robot to start cleaning. It will in turn let you know where it’s cleaned and where it hasn’t.
There are countless other devices out there to discover too, from smart plugs, to coffee machines and smart toothbrushes.
If you need professional help installing your devices and you’re local, we are EJS Electricals, Swindon Electricians. Give us a call.
Carrying out your own electrical work at home can cut corners, but at what cost? Safety is an obvious issue. Electricity is extremely dangerous. It can kill. But there can often be a greater financial cost later on in rectifying a bodged DIY job that could have been avoided if a professional electrician had been hired in the first instance.
Be reassured that if you’re looking for professional electricians in Swindon, we are always on hand.
A lot of people are happy replacing a faulty fuse in a plug. It’s a straightforward job, but you should never interfere with the actual plug socket. If your sockets have experienced some form of damage, you need to call a professional.
The more ambitious might try their hand at smaller projects such as installing light switches and light fittings, wall lights etc.; jobs that you might think too expensive to have done by an electrician. But often it’s the case that an electrician is called out to fix a simple job turned into a nightmare. To rectify faulty wiring that has been caused by the homeowner attempting to carry out the job themselves, damaged light fittings, damaged cables and switches. And in some cases electrical accessories have been known to catch on fire.
If you are working on home improvements, you may want to look at replacing the electrics in your house. This needs to be carried out safely and you should seek advice from an electrician. If you’re seeking it from electricians in Swindon, do give us a call.
We are often called by homeowners who have carried out repairs asking for us to certificate their own electrical work. Unfortunately we can’t do it. The work needs to be carried out by a professional from the outset.
As a homeowner you are entitled to carry out any electrical works in your home. But, be advised that you will be asked to present all the certification for the electrical work carried out if you ever move or rent your property. You cannot obtain the appropriate certification following your own installation of electrical work at a later stage. If someone is injured or a property is damaged your insurance will be invalid if you do not have the appropriate certification to prove the system is safe.
If you want the job done quickly and properly, look no further than EJS for professional electricians in Swindon.