Electrical safety at home

Did you know that every year defective wiring or faulty appliances cause over 12,500 fire in homes, resulting in 25 deaths and over 590 non fatal injuries. A recent survey showed that over 2 million houses in the UK are in need of some kind of electrical work, older homes are especially more at risk. There are 2000 injuries and 30 deaths a year from electrocution many of which are due to amateur repairs and DIY enthusiasts. The Institute of Electrical Engineers (IEE) recommend that home wiring is checked at least every 10 years.

If you live in England or Wales you are now required by law to use an electrician competent to current BS7671 standards to carry out most electrical works. By not using a registered electrician you are not only risking a penalty but you could also be risking yours and your family’s life.

Most of the electrical wiring in your home is out of sight but some things can be checked by yourself.

  • Is your wiring more than 15 years old?
  • Do your sockets get hot when in use?
  • Do you have round pin plugs and sockets?
  • Has it been more than 10 years since your wiring was inspected?
  • Do you use outdoor equipment?
  • Do you have to use extension leads?
  • Do your fuses regularly blow?
  • Do you have adaptors to regularly use your appliances?
  • Do your lights have the old twisted flex?
  • Does your mains board have any RCD protection?

If you have answered yes to one or more of the above list then it would be recommended to have your electrics checked.