Here are some of the questions we have been asked. If there’s anything you’d like to know about electrical safety please get in touch.
What Electrical Regulations Should My Business Know About?
EAWR 1989, HSAW 1974, BS7671, BS5839, BS5266 and so many more. Without a competent understanding of these regulations your building may not be insured if you are found not to have complied with the regulations, and many more depending on the type of work they are doing.
What are your top tips on reducing your energy bills?
Fit LED Lights or lamps where ever possible, it can save up to 80% of your electricity bill on lighting alone, stop leaving everything on standby, fit energy efficient appliances, get a voltage optimiser fitted, reduces wear and tear on your equipment, which in turn reduces the cost of replacing it in its normal life cycle, when doing new work increase where ever possible, the size of your cables which in turn reduces the resistance, which means you don’t burn as many watts just heating up the cable, which reduces your bill, and so many other items that can assist home owners and commercial offices.
Which Jobs Are Part P Notifiable?
Any electrical work carried out in a domestic property must be carried out by a registered competent person, it is illegal for you to get it done by anybody who is not registered, and will in effect nullify your insurance, Part P registered electricians only means they have been assessed to carry out work on a domestic property, along with the competent person schemes, unfortunately many companies advertise they can carry out Industrial, Commercial and Domestic Electrical Work and state they are Part P Registered and a registered competent person, when in effect they have not been assessed or they are competent to carry work out in an industrial or Commercial environment.
What Are The PAT Testing Requirements?
All appliances must be checked for electrical safety at a specific time, and therefore need to be assessed on their environment and use, before that time can be agreed upon.
What are your tips to hiring the right electrician?
Ensure they are properly registered with one of the schemes: – NICEIC, NAPIT, ECA, Stroma before hiring them check if they are by phoning any of the above registration bodies or look them up on the registration bodies website, if unsure if they are competent to carry out the type of work you are requesting, don’t use them; check if they have Public liability Insurance, check there qualifications, and above all get an agreement and costs if it’s possible before you commission the work, but note no Electrician can give you and estimate on how long it will take to rectify a fault, until it is diagnosed, and don’t expect them to.
DIY vs Handyman vs Qualified Electrician?
Very simply don’t if you’re not trained, went into a house recently to find the daughter was getting shocks from the metal sockets her father had installed, unfortunately when I arrived I found that none of the faceplates had been earthed, the main bonding had been disconnected, because the RCD kept tripping the house out, so a DIY / handyman had disconnected it to solve the problem, the man is lucky to still have his daughter or anyone else in his family ELECTRICITY KILLS PERIOD in the right circumstances and this was most assuredly the right circumstances, how nobody had died I don’t know.
Is Your Emergency Lighting Fit For Purpose?
In Most small Commercial / Industrial premises it comes down to bottom line ( £ ) if they can get away with not servicing it or maintaining it they will; For instance was asked to inspect a shop 4 years ago, 4 lights working rest failed advised replacement then sent failed certificate same thing at the 6 month check, 3 years ago same thing this time only 3 were working, sent failed certificate nothing had been done and so on until this year none of them were working and the staff had turned them off because they were flickering and none of them had been trained to check them properly in there monthly checks, which they chose to do. In larger premises they are monitored and normally fixed within a few weeks if not days of identifying the faulty fittings therefore maintaining the employees and the customers safety.