Everywhere I look I see potential fires caused by poor electrics. Whether in flats that people want me to look at or horrific examples in the press. I have added some of the examples below if you need a reminder to check out your homes electrical safety.
Preventing Electrical Fires
(HealthNewsDigest.com) – Electrical failures and malfunctions are a leading cause of house fires year after year—but you can stay safe at home. Many electrical fires can be prevented simply by understanding basic electrical safety principles and following safe practices.
Keep Home Fires From Burning
To help you protect your home and family from electrical fires, the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) offers these tips:
• Safety should always be the top priority when working with electricity. ESFI recommends that a qualified, licensed electrician perform all home electrical work in compliance with local and national safety standards.
• Consider having your circuit breakers replaced with arc fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs), which provide enhanced electrical fire protection by detecting dangerous arcing conditions.
• Make sure all electrical panel circuits are properly labeled. Always replace fuses or circuit breakers with the correct size and amperage.
• Keep the area around the electrical panel clear so you can easily shut off power in an emergency.
• Every month, use the TEST button to check that ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) and AFCIs are working properly.
• Look for warning signs of an electrical problem, such as outlets and switches that are warm or make crackling, sizzling or buzzing noises.
• Regularly check cords, outlets, switches, and appliances for signs of damage. Do not use damaged electrical devices.
• Do not use extension cords on a permanent basis and never use them with space heaters or air conditioners.
• Avoid overloading outlets.
• Do not use lightbulbs that exceed the recommended wattage of the light fixture or lamp.
What to Do in Case of Fire
Despite your best prevention efforts, a fire could still happen. Follow these five tips to make sure your family is prepared to make a safe escape:…More at Preventing Electrical Fires – HealthNewsDigest.com
The most difficult area is with portable electrical aplliances. Testing of this (Portable Appliance Testing – PAT) is not expensive versus the benefits so phone us today to organise it. Or if not us – another electrician.