Electrical Safety in Homes across Kent
Please take a moment to have a read through the following as these are some of the most common Electrical issues that may lead to fire risks in the home. If you have any of the following issues then give us a call for advice on how to remedy the situation.
Overloaded and damaged Electrical Sockets.
Overloading a socket or damaged sockets that do not have a sound fit may lead to arcing which in turn could lead to a fire. This is normally very simple to remedy by adding new sockets to the circuit and replacing any that show signs of damage.
Old deteriorated cables leading to Electrical Fire
Deteriorated cabling and failed insulation is a major cause of house fires. Older properties are normally wired with rubber cables which become brittle and disintegrate over time. These exposed cables can cause arcing and result in fire. Where these exposed cables touch pipe work within the building, they can produce an electric shock hazard. Modern cables are insulated with hard-wearing plastic and take a very long time to deteriorate. If you are concerned about the age of your cable there is a simple check you can perform. Check your fuse cupboard or any cables in your attic; if these cables are light grey or white then they are most likely to be modern plastic insulated cables. Older rubber insulated cables are usually black.
Emergency Light Testing
Loss of main electricity as the result of a fire or power cut will leave you without effective lighting, necessary at night or if a building needs to be evacuated. Emergency lighting is designed to be automatically triggered and provide lighting for emergency situations.
Fire Brigades recommend that all homes be installed with smoke alarms which are designed to wake the household in the event that smoke is detected and preventing loss of life. Battery operated smoke alarms are commonly used and if maintained are a good safety precaution.
A longer lasting and more efficient design are mains powered alarms. We can supply and fit such alarms in accordance with BS 5839-6:2004 Fire Detection and Alarm Systems for Buildings. When installed on different floors or separate locations within the building, these alarms can be linked together so when one alarm sounds, the others will also sound giving the alarm to the entire building. A battery backup is used to ensure continued protection even during power cuts.