Why You Should Book an Electric Safety Check for Your Home

With everything we mums have to do at the moment, checking our house electrics is probably not something we think about.

But with 20,000 electrical fires damaging homes in 2021, maybe it's time to get our electrics checked before Christmas.

Electrical testing should be one of the most important priorities when it comes to keeping our homes safe from hazards.

Elf and Safety

Luckily, savvy mums are learning more about electrical testing as Hexo Electrical Testing recently discovered in a poll to gauge consumer attitudes to home safety.

This year they're putting safety first, prioritising checking electrics ahead of Christmas present shopping and organising the festive food shopping.

We're all worried about other aspects of Christmas planning and organising too, with lots of mums worried about having enough food for Christmas (44%) and many concerned about making sure their home is clean before guests arrive (44%).

But the health and safety of our home is also a big priority.

The poll found that almost 40% of mums have learnt how to check for faulty electrics this year and 19% have already booked their electrical testing ahead of Christmas.

Michael Evans from Hexo Electrical Testing, said:

"It’s great to see homeowners having a greater understanding of electrics in the home. Having accidents in the home can happen any time and as we rely increasingly on electrical goods and gadgets to enhance especially during Christmas, regular electrical testing is a quick win to ensure your family and your home is kept safe from potential dangers."

Safety First

Made in Chelsea star, Louise Thompson, spoke recently spoke about the horror of waking up to a house fire in her London home.

She and her terrified family had to evacuate their home in the early hours of the morning, due to an electrical fire caused by a faulty wine fridge.

Hexo Electricals recommend an electric safety check every 5 years to ensure that your electrical systems are healthy and in full working order.

That way any issues can be picked up and dealt with before they cause a problem in the home.

Many of us think gas safety is a higher priority, regularly checking that connections and appliances are safe, often with an annual boiler check.

We also rank smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors high on the list of priorities to check, with 24 per cent of survey respondents believing these to be the key to alleviating home hazards.

But a staggering 19% were unaware of any electric hazards in the home, such as risk of shock from damaged sockets or fire hazards from loose connections.

What You Can Do

Hexo Electrical Testing are urging home owners to be particularly vigilant at this time of year.

In the run up to Christmas, we tend to place greater demands than usual on our electrical systems thanks to the increase in Christmas lights, cooking and even having additional people staying in our homes.

So it pays to book an electrical safety check as soon as possible before any hazards come to light in other ways.

Tenants should also be aware of what they can do and what their rights are.

If you live in rented accommodation, your landlord has a duty of care to check the electrics in their properties every five years.

This is a legal requirement so, if you think your home's is due, get in touch with your landlord as soon as possible.

What Does an Electrical Check Involve?

During an electrical check, the electrician will test and inspect all the fixed electrical installations in the home.

This includes wiring, plug sockets, light fittings, fuse boxes, extractor fans and electric showers amongst other things.

Any immediate hazards can be addressed and made safe before the inspector leaves your home.

Christmas Checks

Follow this advice for checking electrics at Christmas:
  • Check for damaged wires and cables.
  • Keep cables and wires properly stored, and away from children.
  • Unplug devices and appliances to repair, adjust or clean.
  • Don't overload plug sockets.
  • Allow air to circulate around electric appliances – don't block vents.

For more information and to book a test for your home, visit https://hexoelectricaltesting.co.uk

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