Having made the decision to replace your old fuse board, it is important to ensure that this important job is completed by a competent domestic electrician who is both qualified and registered with a Part P scheme provider such as the NICEIC, NAPIT or ELECSA. Think of your fuse board as the main hub of your home – it is the 'thinking centre' to all electrical aspects in your home. If the job is carried out incorrectly, your home will be in a dangerous condition and your family is then at risk from electrical harm.
We have seen a real improvement in the weather all over the UK over the past week. With it, has seen the expected increase in bbq's and garden parties – and of course I wouldn't be doing my job properly if I didn't tell you what fire and electrical risks I have seen in my local area around Nottingham.
Beware of fire!
A Government notion may soon see the provision of a smoke alarm a compulsory requirement in privately rented properties. A YouGov survey carried out nationwide revealed that 1 in 5 privately rented properties did not have any form of fire alarm. Did you know you are four times more likely to die in a house fire? This is because fires often go undetected, and fire alarms are the alert to warn of a potentially serious house fire.
I had to smile today at the term 'bungling' as I was reading an article on the web about trades people who create shoddy and dangerous work in peoples homes. Although the term 'bungling' might raise a few smiles, it is actually a serious situation.
If you are going away this Easter, it is worth bearing in mind that electrical safety is not just a home matter. Maintaining good electrical safety awareness is still important even when away from home. Don't take for granted that the owners of your holiday accommodation will have seen to your electrical safety needs – I have seen bed and breakfast accommodation where extension leads have been plugged into extension leads.
I get asked on a regular basis by my customers in Nottingham and Derby how they can make their homes electrically safer. There are two ways of looking at electrical safety and that is preventative and proactive. Both are equally as good, however for optimum results, the two need to work hand in hand.
What do I mean by this?
The latest statistics from the Association of Independent Inventory Clerks (AIIC) reveal some worrying facts that landlords are not responding timely to reports of serious property issues such as water leaks, electrical failure and boiler breakdowns. The statistics further reveal that tenants are having to continually pursue their landlords about sorting out problems such as no hot water, broken taps and tripping lights.