In fact, NICEIC, the UK’s leading name for electricians, is advising homeowners to add an electrical safety check to the to-do list – or risk potentially leaving their homes and families in danger.
According to the experts, in fact, many homeowners will take electrical safety for granted, with limited regard to getting their electrics checked, while some will be incorrectly using their electrical equipment or appliances without even knowing it.
Darren Staniforth, technical expert at NICEIC, explains: "When it comes to spring cleaning, it is understandable that homeowners might focus on the aesthetical side of things, such as a deep clean of the house and decluttering rooms. However, it is also important to consider electrical safety around the home when carrying out a spring clean. Therefore, as we look towards the spring cleaning season, we urge all homeowners to conduct a thorough check of their electrics, leaving the home looking clean, and more importantly, performing safely. As always, and if in any doubt, we would always recommend calling in a qualified professional such as those registered with the NICEIC".
Here, Darren shares his top tips for making it a breeze...
Get your electrics checked Regardless of the age of your house, it is good practice to regularly assess the overall condition of the electrical installation in your home. Look for signs of discolouration, burn marks, sockets that feel warm to the touch, or any crackling sounds.
If you experience any of the above, it’s time to call in the experts. Your local NICEIC registered contractor can carry out a thorough inspection of the property.
Replace the correct fuse When replacing a plug top fuse, be sure to use one with the correct current rating for the appliance to prevent overheating and always refer to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Don’t overdo it It is crucial to not overload sockets as this can significantly increase the risk of fire, especially if powerful appliances are plugged in. The use of extension leads and adaptors should be kept to a minimum.
If the limit is exceeded, it can cause overheating which can lead to a fire. If you don’t have enough sockets, then call in a registered electrician to fit some more for you.
Work with a professional When seeking an electrician, always make sure you look for those registered with a Government-approved scheme, such as the NICEIC. Only then can you ensure any electrical work carried out in your home is safe and complies with Building Regulations.
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