Posts tagged “Electrical safety”

High-rise buildings should have electrical safety checks
Electrical Safety First and many other commentators have said they are disappointed that the recently published Building Safety Bill doesn’t propose mandatory electrical safety checks in high-rise buildings. 
 
Earlier this year a tower block in East London was badly damaged and residents were evacuated after a fire caused by a faulty consumer unit. 
 
In many high-rise blocks there will be a mix of privately rented, social and owner-occupied flats. Without mandatory electrical safety checks for all of them electrical safety and the associated fire risks can depend on the type of tenure for each flat and the awareness of occupants. 
If you are working on a property renovation or refurbishment project then Building Regulations will probably apply to your wiring work and electrics. 
 
If your electrics aren’t properly installed, they can be a fire hazard and could lead to injury or electrocution. That’s why they have been brought into the Building Regulations under Part P
House being rewired
flames in a fire
The fire resistance of insulated cables plays an important part in building safety. 
 
It must be easy for building designers, specifiers, and contractors to identify and install suitable cables that can survive real-life fire conditions. 
Do you like to mend things when they are broken? 
 
In Europe there’s now a ‘right to repair’ (R2R) movement. It argues that technical information and genuine parts should be widely available, allowing people to mend their appliances. However, manufacturers say that these should only be supplied to qualified professional repairers. 
Electrical device being repaired
September is National Home Improvement Month (NHIM) which aims to encourage homeowners in the UK to start home improvement projects. 
 
The NHIM challenge is for people to #makeonechange in their home. 
 
Last year, over 17 million adults across the UK made changes to their homes. With many of us spending more time at home than expected this year, even more are expected to start some home improvement projects. 
We are all spending a lot more time in our homes. Here are some simple things you can do to minimise risks of electrical shocks, fires, and accidents. 
 
Electrical risks at home 
If you have unprotected contact with electricity it can cause a shock and burns, which could be fatal. 
 
Household electrical accidents, including electrocutions and electrical fires, cause around 70 deaths and 350,000 injuries each year in the UK, according to the Electrical Safety Council (ESC). Almost half of accidental house fires in Britain are caused by electricity. 
Mother and children with tablet computer
Leaders in testing, inspection and certification, Bureau Veritas, have highlighted safety risks in the UK’s schools. 
 
All of the country’s education institutions are being urged to take a more rigorous approach to safety and compliance. 
The new Electrotechnical Assessment Specification (EAS) was released last month. It’s intended to be used by bodies that certify and register anyone carrying out electrical installation and inspections. It is part of work to improve electrical safety and competence to meet the requirements of the Building Regulations. It will come into effect in September 2020, but it can be used voluntarily from now on. 
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