Things That Go Bump…

And I’m not talking about spectres and headless horsemen that may roam around your premises at night…although these can seem harmless when compared to a little device called an RCD is non existant in your home.

I really believe that the RCD has been a groundbreaking invention in the electrical industry. Basically speaking an RCD is fitted to a consumer unit (fuse box) and if anything were to malfunction such as a kettle, washing machine or hairdryer then the RCD would activate (within less than a second) and cut the power to the appliance concerned.

Electrical Inspections

Around this time of year I get many calls from homeowners asking me to carry out an electrical inspection of their property. This is often due to an electrical problem that has arisen such as overloaded electrical circuits caused by switching on increased numbers of appliances such as electrical storage heaters now that the colder nights are drawing in.

Are Your Plugs Safe

This tip might seem a bit bizarre – after all a plug is something that we generally take for granted, so long as it contains the right fuse, all should be good right?

Unfortunately this is not always the case. The Electrical Safety Council (ESC) carried out some tests on plug tops in the UK. The ESC is a UK charity that is dedicated to keeping people safe by reducing the risk of electrical accidents around the home and in the workplace.