Here at LJ Electrical, we specialise in providing electrical maintenance services for commercial, residential and industrial buildings. Today we’re going to look at electrical safety in order for you to determine whether you may be at risk and how we can help to protect you from potential electrical danger. Read on to find out more about how to handle electrics at your property safely, the importance of replacing faulty leads, and making sure your fuse box is up-to-date.
Safe Handling of Electrics
The first step for electrical safety is making sure you adhere to the rules of safe handling of all electrics in your home or business. You should keep devices and sockets dry, remembering to dry your hands before touching any switches. If the casing of any wires becomes damaged, it’s also important to replace these as you shouldn’t touch bare wires. If you have any concern about electrics in your home, make sure to turn the power off. Get into the habit of turning off any appliances that aren’t in use at their main switch, saving you energy as well as minimising any electric risks.
Replacing Faulty Leads and Appliances
No matter how big or small, appliances or leads that are faulty pose an electrical fire risk. Small appliances such as kettles, toasters and microwaves should be replaced if the lead looks damaged. It is estimated that 3000 fires a year are caused by faulty appliances or appliance leads. One of the higher risk items in your home is having a tumble dryer, so these should be given more attention and shouldn’t be left on whilst unattended. If you notice any burning odour, you should turn it off immediately and get it looked into. Lastly, if you have an electric fireplace, you should make sure it is in full working order, with a clear area so not items could risk catching fire.
Updating Your Fuse Box
Modern fuse boxes protect your home in several ways, namely by having a metal outer casing, and by providing cut-out protection for every fuse. This means that if any risk is detected, the power will be switched off automatically. These can also be helpful when taking into account homes with WiFi, phone charging, power showers, and charging for electric cars. Older fuse boxes might not provide the same cut-out protection as modern models, and so updating your fuse box could seriously decrease the risk of electrical issues leading to potential electrical safety risks.
Whether a domestic setting, commercial or industrial, electrical safety is paramount to looking after your overall safety and wellbeing. To find out more about whether you are at risk with faulty electrics or appliances, please get in touch with LJ Electrical through our online contact form or by calling us on either 01509 266383 or 07770 788469. Based in Loughborough in Leicestershire, we will be pleased to provide you with more information and answer any questions you may have for us.