Make Safe Electrics A Home Upgrade Priority

Make Safe Electrics A Home Upgrade Priority

Make Safe Electrics A Home Upgrade Priority New plans to update, do up our house are often dreamt up with plans for the garden, the Kitchen etc, but do we stop to think, How Safe Is Your Electrics. However, one resolution which should be taken seriously is ensuring that the electrical appliances and fittings in your home are in a safe condition. Electricity is responsible for more than 20,000 domestic fires in the UK each year, with 90% of these being caused by electrical appliances. As a result, it is imperative that you avoid catastrophe by taking basic precautions when using such equipment and checking them regularly for any signs of wear and tear or damage. Good PracticeYou can minimise the risk of an electrical fire breaking out in your home by following a handful of simple and easy guidelines with respect to your electrical appliances. In particular, you should ensure that you:

Turn off and unplug any appliances when not in use
Take care when handling appliances which can become hot during use – such as hair straighteners, irons, curling tongs or hairdryers – and after use, make sure they do not come into contact with combustible materials
Always check the power rating of adaptors and convertors on all appliances to ensure the current will not overload the appliance’s capacity
Always check the wattage of light bulbs before plugging them in
Do not overload wall sockets, especially with extension cables or multi-socket adaptors
Never cover heaters or radiators
Never store combustible materials near your fusebox

How Safe Is Your Electrics

Visual Checks It is important to get your home checked by a certified and qualified electrical safety professional whenever you move into a new house, or at 10-year intervals. For outdoor electrical equipment, which is at greater risk of damage and decay due to the elements, more regular checks are required. Homeowners should seek a professional inspection from approved contractors such as electrical professionals, who provide comprehensive testing services for those living in the East Devon area. However, the responsibility to regularly check for signs of wear and tear on your appliances lies at your feet. Get into the habit of making frequent checks on all of your outlets and equipment, in particular looking out for the following:

Burns marks on plugs or sockets
Buzzing or crackling coming from electrical sources
Circuit-breakers tripping or fuses blowing on a regular basis
Frayed wiring on cables
Loose plug heads
Unexplainable smells of burning

If you notice any of these symptoms or warning signs, call a trained professional or the local Fire and Rescue Service (not the emergency service) immediately to have it checked out. Keeping to these simple rules and guidelines will ensure that your home is as safe as possible – and that your hopes and plans for 2015 don’t go up in smoke. If you’re in any doubt as to the condition of the electrics in your home then please contact Plymouth Sparky on 01752 261467 or 07877168149

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