Shop Smart – Safe Shopping is for us all

Christmas shopping and the hunt for new year deals can sometimes lead to throwing caution to the wind – after all, everyone loves a bargain. But when it comes to buying electrical goods, it should always be safety first. So, if something seems a bit too good to be true, it very often is.

Despite this, figures from charity Electrical Safety First show that one in three UK buyers has unwittingly bought a fake electrical item online – running the risk of fire or electric shock. To make sure you and your loved ones stay safe this Christmas and new year – here’s what to watch when it comes to buying […]

January 7th, 2020|

Overloaded sockets – know the dangers

If we run out of sockets, most of us wouldn’t think twice about plugging in an extension lead – after all, that’s what they’re for. But before you load up another extender, double check that it’s safe to do so because overloading a socket comes with some very real risks which could pose a hazard in your home.

Know your socket’s limit

Sockets come with limits – in the UK they can take a maximum of 3000 watts or 13 amps (13A). In practise, this means you should plug no more than this into any one socket.

overloaded sockets

Plugging too many appliances into one extender or socket can overload it, […]

December 12th, 2019|

Ensure You Use A Qualified Electrician

Research from house builder David Wilson Homes reveals that more than 50% of UK householders have carried out somesort of DIY project in the last 12 months. And for many of us, doing it ourselves is a great way to improve our homes at a fraction of the cost. But there’s one area that really is best left to the experts – and that’s the electrics.

Who is NICEIC?

Electricity can be fatal so it’s always best to call in the professionals – just to be on the safe side. But in the UK, there are no formal, statutory qualifications to become an electrician – although ‘industry recognised’ credentials […]

October 31st, 2019|

Garden Electrical Safety

With so many of us extending our homes beyond four walls and embracing the outdoors, it’s vital to ensure cables and sockets are installed safely, securely and are well maintained – here’s what to think about.

Outdoor sockets

Whether you need to plug in your lawn mower, stereo or power washer, garden sockets are convenient for so many uses.

Installed correctly, outdoor sockets also increase flexibility so you don’t end up using extension leads plugged indoors leaving a lengthy trail of cable.

If you’ve already got outdoor sockets, it’s a good idea to regularly check casing to make sure there are no cracks that could lead to leaks. You should also ensure sockets are […]

August 30th, 2019|

Smart Home Control

Being able to control what goes on in your home while you’re miles away might sound like something out of a science-fiction film, but smart home appliances like Nest are making it a 21st century reality – here’s how it works.

What is smart home control?

It’s simply a way of managing aspects of your home using devices connected to the internet.

You can hook up as many elements as technology allows which ultimately means you could you control features like temperature, lighting, hot water and even music systems.

Devices can be controlled with an app on your smartphone or tablet. Or, if you’ve got an entire network of devices (known […]

July 29th, 2019|

PAT Testing

PAT testing can prove vital in keeping staff and customers safe. But what exactly does it entail, what are your legal obligations and how often should it be done?

What is PAT testing?pat testing plug image

PAT stands for ‘portable appliance testing’. It refers to the checks carried out on electrical appliances to make sure they’re safe.

While many of us will be able to spot possible electrical dangers – frayed wires, loose plugs, exposed wires – some faults can only be found through testing.

Are PAT inspections a legal requirement?

PAT is not a legal requirement but if you’re an employer or run a business, you do have a legal duty to […]

June 3rd, 2019|