A power outage in your home can happen without warning and often at the most inconvenient times. Just as you’re relaxing for the evening, about to make a cuppa and watch your favourite TV show, your world is plunged into darkness. Sometimes the only “up” side is having to polish off all the ice cream in the freezer before it melts!
A fuse box that keeps tripping indicates that there is a problem with either a faulty electrical item or wiring in your home.
RCDs (Residual Current Devices) look for abnormal currents and shut off the power supply the moment they detect anything unusual. They are a vital safety device and protect you from electric shocks, so while the tripping may seem annoying, bear in mind that it is keeping you safe whilst flagging to you that there is something wrong.
Two lockdowns have confirmed that, for many of us, working from home is more efficient, more convenient, and often preferred. Providing, of course, that our internet connections are speedy and trouble-free.
As a Landlord, you will be aware that it is your responsibility to ensure that your rental properties are electrically safe to protect the well being of your tenants. But did you know that the regulations recently changed? Read on to find out more…
In these strange times, we are all spending a lot more time at home and if we are lucky enough, in the garden. But how can we make sure the places we want to relax in are as safe as possible?
The past few years have seen around 8,500 admissions to hospital for gardening or DIY related accidents a year. Lawnmowers and electric tools are at the top of the offenders list.
Electric mowers and other power tools should always be used with an RCD which will cut off the power quickly in the event of an accident.
Fuse Boxes – also known as Consumer Units – are used to control and distribute electricity around our homes. It is important for us all to know where the fuse box is located in our properties, in case we ever need to turn the electricity off in an emergency.
A fuse box contains three things:
a. Mains Switch
This allows you to turn off the electricity supply, and so should be easily accessible. Some homes will have more than one mains switch if there is more than one fuse box (e.g. if you have electric storage heaters)
New Mandatory Electrical Safety Checks in the Private Rental Sector in Nottingham and Derby….all you need to know
As a Landlord, it is important to act on your electrical safety obligations, or you could be exposed to significant financial risk from fines, invalidated insurance and most importantly, an increased risk of harm to tenants. Dangerous electrics can contribute to a serious risk of fire, extreme cold, and insufficient lighting.
There is a lot of legislation, plus regulations and standards that surround safety in electricity.