SAFETY NEWS AND INFORMATION
Here you can find Electrical safety news and information.
Electrical Hazards in the home
Electrical hazards are invisible but deadly, they can cause fires and electrical shocks. These hazards are easily preventable if you use a NICEIC registered contractor like DCMHES to install, inspect and maintain your electrics.
Government research figures estimate that in each year there are around:
10 fatal and 2,000 non-fatal electric shock accidents in the home and 19 fatal and 880 non-fatal shock accidents in the workplace.
They also estimate that there are about 12,500 electrical fires in homes in the UK each year. Although many of these incidents are caused by damaged or faulty appliances rather than the electrical installation itself, a properly installed and well-maintained electrical system will save lives.
Cables, socket-outlets, switches, and other equipment used in your electrical system deteriorate with prolonged use, so they all need to be checked regularly, with necessary replacements or repairs made in good time BEFORE they become a danger.
Whilst it is relatively easy to make an electrical circuit work – it is far more difficult to make the circuit work safely. To avoid the dangers that electricity can create it is essential that electrical work is carried out only by those with the correct knowledge, skill and experience in the type of electrical work to be undertaken.
Electrical Safety Council
The Electrical Safety Council published the results of their National Consumer Survey and found that:
42% of those surveyed stated they had never had their electrics checked
32% of DIY'ers stated they had experienced one or more electric shocks while carrying out DIY
59% of people do not use qualified electricians when carrying out electrical work
48% of those surveyed did not know that their electrics should be checked at least every 10 years