Electrical Safety In Your Home
Each year, defective wiring or appliances cause over 12,500 fires in homes like yours, resulting in 25 deaths and over 590 injuries. There are also over 500 injuries and 5 deaths caused by faulty electrical installations. Recent surveys show that over 2 millions homes in the UK need some kind of electrical repair. Older houses are especially at risk. There are also 2,000 injuries and 30 deaths from electrocution in the home, many of which are due to DIY and amateur repairs. That’s why the Institution of Electrical Engineers recommends that home wiring installations are checked every 10 years.
Increasing legislation is being enforced to try and prevent a number of accidents and deaths from faulty installations and repairs. If you live in England or Wales especially, you are now required by law to use an electrician competent to current standards, to carry out most electrical work. You are not only risking penalties, but also your life. Click here for more information on Part P Building Regulations
The message is simple: DON’T Do-it-Yourself!
Most electrical wiring is hidden, but here are a few things which may easily be able to check yourself:
Is your wiring more than 15 years old?
Has it been longer than ten years since the wiring was checked?
Has electrical work been carried out by amateurs and never checked?
Do your plugs or sockets get hot?
Do your fuses blow regularly and for no obvious reason?
Do you have to use adaptors routinely to run your appliances
Do your lights use the old, twisted type flex?
Do you often have to use extension cables?
Do you have round pin plugs and sockets?
Do you use electrical equipment outdoors?