A Guide on Your Home Electrics
What would we do without electricity? We live in a world where we are dependent on our home electrics, when it comes to cooking, keeping warm or keeping ourselves entertained, electricity is the heart of our homes and keeps things running smoothly. Regular testing on certain electrics should be checked upon, whether you own your home, or live in a rented property, it’s important that you are clued up on your home electrics and they are regularly checked-on to help avoid hazards, and ultimately have a safer home environment. We have put together a guide for key components in your home that should be regularly tested in order to comply with the house safety requirements.
Fire-alarms are one of the most important safety features you will have installed in your home. It’s really important to regularly check these devices around your home to ensure you have working batteries. You should be checking your fire-alarms at least once a month.
Your light bulbs are another essential component of your home electrics. These also need to be regularly tested. Sockets should be kept in a clean and functional condition. You can check the safety of your light bulbs by making sure they have the right wattage for the socket and they are securely fitted. When these checks aren’t placed, bulbs can become loose and the wattage can be incorrect, causing a risk of overheating and possible fire.
Plugs and Sockets
Because we use electricity for many things in our day-to-day lives, we are using plugs and sockets for most things we do. It can be easy to overload sockets, especially when we have extension leads in a room full of home electrics. Make sure you use a reputable brand that you can trust. Cheap sockets can often be unreliable and unsafe. It is also very important not to overload sockets, as overcharging has a greater risk of a fire starting. (Using fewer electricals at once, requires less energy and will also reduce your electric bill.)
Extra Safety Measures
Installing an RCD (Residual Current Device) in your home is a great way to reduce the risk of accidents occurring and having a safer environment to live in. The device is inserted into the fuse box and designed to protect you from electrical shocks if you were to come into contact with a live wire.
For more information on how to comply with safe home electrics regulations or you have any other questions regarding the services we provide, please do not hesitate to get in contact with First Strike Electrical by filling out an online enquiry form, or give us a call on 0203 633 4536