Does my property need a re-wire?
On average a house should be rewired every 20 - 25 years. Many properties in the UK still have old wiring which could be increasing your chances of electrification and risk of fire. New wiring systems are considerably more safe and efficient. If you are unsure contact a qualified electrician
Why does the fuse keep blowing?
There are a number of things that could be causing this to happen, There may be a fault with one or more electrical appliances, or the circuit may have been overloaded.
Is my installation electrically safe?
In all probability yes, if your house has recently (within 10 years) been built and/or has been tested with a certificate issued then it will more than likely be fine. If for any reason you are unsure of something or not happy with a fitting or wiring then contact a qualified electrician to arrange a visit to inspect what you may believe to be faulty or dangerous.
How often should I test my electrical equipment?
Electrical equipment should be visually checked to spot early signs of damage or deterioration. Equipment should be more thoroughly tested by a competent person often enough that there is little chance the equipment will become dangerous between tests. Equipment used in a harsh environment should be tested more frequently than equipment that is less likely to become damaged or unsafe.
It is good practice to make a decision on how often each piece of equipment should be checked, write this down, make sure checks are carried out accordingly and write down the results. You should change how often you carry out checks, according to the number and severity of faults found.
How often should I test my electrical wiring?
Electrical testing should be carried out often enough to ensure there is little chance the equipment will become unsafe between checks, The recommended frequencies vary from one installation to another due to...
1, The type of installation.
2, Its use and operation.
3, The frequency and quality of maintenance.
4, The external influences to which it is subjected.
When should a RCD be used?
An RCD is a sensitive safety device which detects earth faults. They have a test button which needs to be operated every 3 months to check it disconnects the circuit. RCDs are required to protect...
1, Socket-outlet circuits in domestic properties,
2, Circuits located in a wet area, eg containing a bath or shower,
3, Circuits supplying external equipment,
4,Cabled installed in walls or partitions without an earthed metallic covering.