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? Did you also know that you can be fined for failing to ensure the electrical safety of tenants within your properties? If you know about these fines, you are in amongst only 1 fifth of landlords who are aware of them. Fines to maintain appropriate electrical safety can reach up to £20,000 as well as invalidating insurance on your property. Research into UK private landlords carried out recently by the Guardian revealed that 300,000 (21%) were unaware of such fines.
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.
The message that the commercial gives is a message that I also promote. When it comes to dealing with electrics some people might think they know a little bit, but in reality they don’t have all the answers. That is why it is always best left to the professionals.
You can watch the video below:
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.
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As an electrician in Hampshire, I work in many homes where children live. From expectant parents preparing the nursery for their new arrival to families with teenagers who have all manner of electrical appliance is their rooms. The truth is, we never really know for certain what our children are doing from one minute to the next, and a simple mistake where electricity is concerned can cause electrical injury or worse still death.
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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.
However, many portable electrical items like lamps and radios are sometimes supplied with short cables. Therefore sometimes it is unavoidable not to have to use an extension lead. So if you must use one be beware of the following dangers:
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.
When having an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) carried out, you will be presented with a report at the end. A part of this report may indicate some classification codes and recommendations for further investigation. There are 3 electrical classification codes that you may be looking at and wondering what it all means:
Code C1 ‘Danger present’. Risk of injury. Immediate remedial action required.