If you want peace of mind in regards to electrical safety, it’s worthwhile to hire a certified professional to inspect your home.
A certificate of electrical safety is a record that allows you to find and fix problems within your property prior to they cause damage or injury. Installation of electrical equipment isn’t needed to be independently checked in the event that it is being installed, moved or altered in any way or a certificate to work is refused.
Other than that, building regulations require only the inspection of equipment by trained personnel. They do not have to be electricians, but must be aware of what they’re doing.
An ordinary electrical safety inspection is to test the electrical installation to ensure that it complies with the building regulations applicable to it, IEE Wiring Regulations, and manufacturer’s guidelines. The most likely fire hazards are excessive electrical cables, overload sockets, and defective equipment.
The certificate will also contain appliances that are part of the installation such as heaters, immersion heaters and kettles. They are therefore safe for use.
A thorough electrical examination is conducted by a qualified professional who can make suggestions about how any issues can be dealt with before they cause a risk of injury or damage.
You may be able to inquire about an inspection of the electrical safety if you are renting your house.
Electrical safety tips to be aware of during home renovations
Alongside changing smoke detectors, experts at the University of Michigan suggest homeowners take the following precautions during renovations:
1. If an electrical outlet is being used in other areas of the home, don’t take out the main switch or isolate circuit breaker. This includes plugging in appliances into outlets operated by a wall switch.
2. Before beginning wiring, ensure that the indicator light for power to dim after turning off the circuit breaker.
3. It is possible to turn off an isolated circuit breaker while someone is using it. Before working with the wires controlled via the circuit breaker, you must make sure that the main switch is turned off.
4. Be cautious when making use of an extension cord to provide power. Use the shortest length possible and ensure that it’s not overloaded. If you are using a longer cord for power-hungry appliances, make sure that it is UL-approved
5. Be careful when working with old wiring devices such as three-way switches. These switches haven’t been in use for many years. If they’re not installed properly they could pose a danger of electrocution or shock.
6. Make sure to use electrical fixtures that have been tested according to Australian standards, like the ones manufactured by Wylex, Schneider Electric, or HPM.
7. Keep candles from combustible materials. Don’t let candles unattended.
8. Shoes with rubber soles are the best because they can be worn on dry ground. Don’t use damaged extension cables. Never cut the cord off an old appliance , then plug it into another unless they are both of the same voltage rating.
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