Electrical Safety in the Home

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If you’re considering a career as an electrician, it’s important to be aware of basic safety procedures around the home. Electricians must have a good working knowledge of the potential risks that are present in domestic settings and be able to resolve electrical problems quickly and efficiently. Some sources describe being an electrician as a ‘recession proof’ career choice, and it’s definitely the case that people always require electrical expertise, whatever the state of the economy. To become an electrically competent person, you must take an electrical training course, like those offered by PASS.

Reliance on Adaptors and Extensions

The average room has around four plug sockets in it, and due to the increased use of electrical appliances, this is sometimes not enough. The use of games consoles, mobile phone chargers and laptops means that as a nation, we are beginning to rely more and more on extension leads and adaptors to fulfil our electrical needs. Adaptors should never be plugged into other adaptors or overloaded with high-current appliances such as kettles, heaters and irons. Avoid buying cheap adaptors as these can more easily overheat and cause a fire. The most sensible course of action is to have extra sockets installed by a registered electrician. As an electrically competent person, make sure you check the number of adaptors and extension leads in use in a house and advise the homeowner with regards to safe usage.

Electrical Safety in the Kitchen

When carrying out a periodic inspection in a domestic setting, it’s important to spend adequate time on the kitchen. All plug sockets and switches should be at least 30cm away from the sink in a horizontal direction, to avoid the electricity coming into contact with water. The homeowner should be reminded of the dangers of touching electrical equipment or switches with wet hands and cleaning electrical appliances (eg. kettles and toasters) while they are still plugged in. Kitchen sockets that supply power to portable equipment outdoors must be protected by RCDs. Basic things to remember include not attempting to remove toast from a toaster with a metal knife while it is plugged in, not wrapping flexible cables around warm appliances, and not filling a kettle or iron while it is plugged in. When you’re inspecting the kitchen, it’s very important to make sure that sockets, switches and flexible cables are in optimum condition. 


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