Article for Progress Magazine by: NAPIT
No matter what the weather, DIY tends to be high on the agenda for homeowners and landlords alike in order to keep your property in good working order.
Whether you are having maintenance or improvement work carried out in your home, you need to always make sure that this is to the right standards. But, how do you know if something is wrong?
Around 70 people die and over 350,000 are seriously injured by electrical accidents in the home every year, it is always worth taking precautions as well as being vigilant and aware before doing any general DIY work. In a survey of registered electricians, around a third had seen electric shocks caused by botched DIY work, with 15 percent reporting
that it had caused an electrical fire.
There are some very simple steps that can be utilised before any work is undertaken to ensure that a serious accident can be avoided. First and foremost, you should always remember to locate cables in your wall to avoid accidentally coming into contact with live wires. Cables can be easily located with a quality cable detector, which will help you to track buried cables.
It is always sensible to use residual current devices (RCDs) when possible. They have the potential to save lives by cutting off the power in the event of an electrical fault during DIY work. You should always have one fitted in your fuse box, whilst plug-in RCDs should be used when necessary.
You should always check your power tools and watch out for leads when doing work. A simple check to see whether the lead and plug are in good condition is always wise before doing work. If any signs of damage are present, get the equipment
repaired before using it. You should always look to the services of a registered competent electrician before doing any significant electrical work around the home.
If you fail to check the condition of extension leads, cables and connectors and don’t use them correctly then you could get an electric shock. When using them, you should always start by making sure that they are suitable for outdoors and are weather-resistant with moulded connections which prevent moisture seeping in. The positioning of cabling and leads is very important
and they should always be positioned appropriately to prevent them from being damaged.
As well as this, cables and leads should be uncoiled to prevent them from overheating. Finally, be sure to follow manufacturer’s instructions before using cables and leads and double-check that they are rated correctly to suit the equipment you want to connect them to.
Following a few simple and logical safety steps could help prevent serious injury to you, your friends and your family. Whether you are looking to carry out DIY work or simply want to ensure your property is safe, simple preparation based on the advice
above can help to keep you safe.
If you have any concerns about anything electrical, or if you need any electrical work doing, you should always seek the services of a registered competent electrician.
NAPIT Registered Electricians all meet strict qualification requirements and are regularly assessed to ensure their ongoing competence. Whether your job is large or small, NAPIT has tradespeople that can do the job for you, supply you with the correct certification and, more importantly, help keep your property safe.