Part M of the building regulations help with guidance on the recommended height of Switches and Sockets for new buildings to help with access and should be located so that they are easily reachable. The regulation also suggests that in habitable rooms this will be achieved by mounting the switches, sockets etc between 45cm (socket height) and 1200mm (switches height) above the floor level. Unless the dwelling is specifically designed for a person with limited reach, these requirements do not apply in garages and kitchens.

Did you know that it is your responsibility as a private landlord to maintain electrical safety within your rental properties?

The NICEIC (the niceic are several organisations which regulate the work of electricians in the UK) have launched a TV commercial promoting the use of registered electricians. Kids Questions features NICEIC’s Senior Technical Presenter Darren Staniforth giving a talk about electricity to a group of schoolchildren.

Keeping young children safe from the dangers of electricity can be a stressful time. From ensuring that appliances are kept out of reach to ensuring that nothing gets poked into plug sockets, the fear of electrocution of our children is one of the biggest electrical fears that face householders.

Avoid electrical DIY

Electrical dangers lurk in all homes. Even with perfect electricity you should still use common sense when using electrical appliances. Accidents and misuse of electrical appliances can still lead to electrical injury or even death.

Never take chances with electricity

This is one of the most common issues I find in homes in and around Yateley. Not having enough sockets can be a nuisance. Not only can it be frustrating, not having enough sockets or having sockets in the wrong places can be a safety hazard too. The more wall sockets you have in your home the less you will need an extension cable or adapter.

When having electrical work carried out in your home you should speak with your Electrician to discuss the positioning of your sockets and the options to install extra ones.

Now, moving on to the replacement of the consumer unit.  My choice as always is to use MK as they have always proven reliable and top quality.  I also recommend RCBO's as these provide the ultimate protection and discretion by way of each circuit being individually RCD and overcurrent protected and not taking out other circuits during faults.

I had now located the fault and the 0.00 reading I had was just as I had predicted, right above my head!  I removed the unprotected connector blocks and found enough cable to pull through and terminate in the board.  

Recently I tested a property, it was a 3 story townhouse built in 1995 located in Yateley, Hampshire. The previous owners had the home under offer and approached me when they were asked to provide an electrical certificate.  

 

Today (May 24 2018) the NICEIC (NICEIC stands for the National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting.) have launched a new campaign encouraging homeowners to stop DIY electrics and call in a professional electrician.