Unfortunately, because we all use electricity in our homes every day it becomes all to easy to forget how dangerous it can be. At AIO Electrical we want to keep you and your family safe so have written this short article to help you to do just that.
Electricity poses risks that can generally be put under two headings. Firstly, the risk of shocks or burns to people from faulty electrical appliances or sub standard work by DIY enthusiasts for example. Secondly, fire or explosions can be caused by faulty electrical appliances or incorrect use of them.
Even though the UK has very high electrical safety standards it can be hard to maintain them or sometimes people simply become complacent. Therefore, every homeowner and landlord should take precautions. We have made the following list of some of the more common rules to staying safe:
- Never carry out electrical work that is beyond your capabilities and always call in a trained electrician if you are in any doubt.
- If you need work on your electrical installations or your appliances always ensure your supplier is qualified, experienced and comes highly recommended.
- Ensure you are using appliances in line with the instructions provided by the manufacturer. For example, many electrical appliances generate heat so they need space behind them.
- Remember that water and electricity can be a deadly combination. Never handle an appliance while your hands are wet.
- Be vigilant. If you smell burning switch off the mains and call an emergency electrician. Key signs that you may have a problem include flickering lights, fuse failures and plugs or appliances that get hot.
- Don’t overload sockets. It simply isn’t safe even if you are using an extension lead. Adding additional sockets is any easy job for your local electrician.
- Be careful laying cables or using extension leads as they can be a trip hazard.
- If you use an extension lead outdoors please check it is designed for outdoor use.
- If you have young children always cap unused sockets.
- Visually inspect plugs, cables and appliances regularly for signs of damage or wear. Faulty cables are the cause of many accidents.
- Unplug appliances when you are not using them.
- If you buy second hand appliances you should arrange to get them tested before you use them.
- Always buy electrical goods from reputable suppliers. There are counterfeit goods out there that are dangerous. This can be especially true of phone and tablet chargers.
- Unplug appliances before working on them or switch of the mains.
- Keep a torch by your fuse box just in case you have a problem. Accidents have happened with people stumbling around in the dark to look for a torch.
- If you have any doubts about the wiring in your house get an electrical inspection asap.
AIO Electrical are based in Newcastle upon Tyne. As your local electrician we’re often working in homes around Heaton, Jesmond, Sandyford, Walker, Wallsend, Gosforth and Gateshead. Please call us if you have any doubts about the electrical safety in your home. We can provide peace of mind and long term it may be cheaper to deal with any ‘doubts’ than it is to tackle an electrical emergency.