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How to carry out basic electrical safety check with a Smartphone App
 
If you're moving, there is a free basic tool when you are viewing accommodation to assess the electrical installation, whether you are planning to buy or rent. It is also useful for landlords, who can use it to undertake a fast and effective review of their properties and help them fulfil their responsibility for tenant safety.

The app from the Electrical Safety Council is easy to use and highlights potential dangers for each room. It then explains how to resolve simple, non-technical problems. Where more serious issues are flagged, you are advised to use a registered electrician. Download the free smartphone app to carry out a quick visual check in your home to ensure its electrical safety. It's available for use on Android phones and on the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

The app is available here to download for free.

 

 
 
Visit the Android Market or the App Store 
 
 
Electrical Safety in the home.
How modern consumer units fitted with a RCD (Residual Current Device) can make your house safer
Every week in the UK someone dies in an electrical accident at home, and one in eight has had a serious electrical shock.

New research commissioned by the Electrical Safety Council (ESC) shows just how little the UK thinks about electrical safety:


  • Over half of us haven't checked our electrics or had them professionally checked - in the last 12 months
  • A third of us say we are not concerned about electrical safety and;
  • Almost 13 million homes in the UK do not have adequate RCD (residual current device) protection which can save your life, protect against dangerous electrical shock and reduce the risk of electrical fires.

RCDs are particularly important when using mains powered tools or electrical equipment outdoors & ESC gas launched a campaign. The Plug into Safety campaign aims to raise awareness of the dangers of electricity in the home and garden by encouraging us to take a few minutes to check our electrics and use RCD protection.

Of 281 survey respondents who have experienced an electric shock, the most typical causes of accidents are:

  • Using appliances that are faulty (23%)
  • Cutting or drilling through cables (11%)

The ESC wants the Plug into Safety campaign to increase awareness of RCDs in much the same way that smoke alarms were promoted by the Government's Fire Kills campaign. When Fire Kills started only 9% of households had smoke alarms now they are in over 80% of homes.

With help from a range of partners including the fire service, housing providers, government and electricians - the ESC aims to take RCDs mainstream.

If you have a RCD installed in your consumer unit you should test it at least every 3 months.

 

 

 

 

 

Downlighter fire safety information

The Electrcial Safety Council (ESC) has recently issued 2 quick reference guides giving guidance to consumers & the trade for the selection & maintenance of downlighters.


Such lights have been popular over many years but are consumers aware that installing the incorrect replacement lamp (bulbs) can cause problems?
These guides were produced in response to the ESC report that incorrectly selected, installed and/or maintained downlighters may have been the cause of a significant number of fires in homes.

A copy of the consumer guide is available at www.esc.org.uk or can be downloaded by clicking here


 Around 12,500 house fires, 750 serious injuries and 10 deaths are caused by unsafe electrics in the home each year

  • The electrics in your house can become damaged or worn due to wear & tear. Cables, switches, sockets & other equipment deterioate with prolonged use, so they need to be checked & necessary repairs / replacements made in good time
  • It's important to have your home electrics inspected & tested to check that they are still safe to use. These checks should be done at least every 10 years & if they have been done there will be a label on the fuse board indicating this
  • If you are moving house, going to let a house or just moved into a new home you need to know about the electrics in your house .
  • Check the following website for further information & order free leaflets/DVD on electrical safety in your home @ Electrical Safety Council
  • Click here to download a guide to electrical safety in the home.





  • Result of a DIY home owner having wired an 10.5 kW electric shower circuit with 2.5 mm2 cable and a 45 A circuit-breaker . - www.esc.org.uk