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Does Your Business Premises Need PAT?
Electricity is an essential part of our everyday lives. We need it to run our homes and our businesses. But for employers, electrical appliances that are safe to use are also a Health and Safety issue. Employers have a duty of care to their employees and must ensure that working conditions are comfortable and above all, safe.
Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) is a service offered to employers and individuals to ensure that electrical appliances in the workplace and in domestic properties are working correctly and safely. PAT is not compulsory by law, although Health and Safety laws do require that employers maintain their electrical equipment to ensure that they are in safe working order and there’s no risk of injury.
If you run a business then a PAT service is highly recommended for peace of mind. Here’s a look at what’s involved in PAT and injuries that can occur if appliances aren’t maintained to a safe standard.
Portable Appliance Testing involves the inspection, testing and visual checking of portable appliances such as kettles, microwaves, power drills, heaters, hair drying equipment and medical equipment to ensure they are safe to use.
How regularly they are tested can depend on the type of appliances and how often they are used. For example, a power tool or hair drying and sun lamps would need testing more regularly than a table lamp in a bed and breakfast.
Simple tests can be easily carried out by a competent member of staff. However, for safety’s sake more complex appliances that have a greater potential to cause injury should be tested by a professional PAT tester. An annual inspection is recommended for peace of mind.
Which Businesses Need PAT?
Although PAT is not obligatory by law, there are certain businesses that should take advantage of a professional inspection. These are:
- Beauty and hair salons
- Health clubs
- Doctor and dentist surgeries
If you don’t keep an eye on your electrical appliances, your employees, customers or tenants are at risk from the following electrical injuries:
- Electric shock. Voltage as low as 50 volts can block the electrical signals between the brain and muscles resulting in cardiac arrest, muscle spasms, respiratory failure and even death.
- Electrical burns. Deep internal burns that require major surgery and can result in severe disability.
- Thermal burns. Skin burns due to appliances overheating from overloads, faults, bad maintenance or short circuits.
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Securing Your Home
The growing crime rate in the UK is a worry, especially for home and business owners. Theft of personal property and housebreaking is on the rise. These are often opportunistic crimes where intruders will take advantage of weaknesses and oversights to gain access.
If you want to secure your home, then your first priority will be to ensure that entry points such as windows, doors and garage entryways have modern locking systems and burglar proof frames. However, for greater security and peace of mind, consider installing these additional security devices.
From a basic ringing device to state-of-the-art police alert systems, there are various types of alarms available for all budgets.
Wired security systems need to be installed professionally. Wireless, battery-powered models are available to buy cheaply, however, they are very basic and the batteries need changing regularly for them to be effective.
Audible alarms ring when movement is detected by a series of sensors positioned throughout the property. They should suffice in low-risk areas with a good neighbourhood watch collaboration.
Monitored alarms are connected to an external centre, who will inform the police if the entrant cannot be identified as a password holder of the property. These are recommended for higher risk properties, business premises and properties in remote areas.
Ensure that outdoor lights are positioned to illuminate all entryways including your garage doors. Outdoor security lights have motion detectors that are triggered when sensing movement. Security lighting is more effective than simply leaving outdoor lights on. Sudden illumination will alert yourselves and your neighbours of suspicious movements far more effectively than continuous lighting. Ultimately, it’s also more cost-effective and less annoying.
Intruders are more likely to target an empty property. Timed lights that come on in different rooms for chosen periods create the effect that someone’s at home and are an effective, less costly security measure. Timers can be connected to existing wall switches, by using plug-in timers or by installing digitally controlled light switch timers.
Modern state-of-the-art security devices now allow you to control your alarm, lighting and even window blinds remotely so that you can stay in control of securing your home wherever you are.
For total peace of mind, contact a professional electrical contractor to install and service your security devices. Icarus Electrical offers a range of electrical services Sussex, including home security and fire safety installation devices. For more advice and information, contact us today or visit us online.
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Electrical Fire Safety In The Home
Electrical fires are a common occurrence in UK homes. In this modern age of high technology, we are using more electricity than ever before. Just think how many adaptors for smartphones, tablets and lap tops you have and how many appliances we leave in continuous standby mode.
Electricity is essential for a smooth running household, however, many of us don’t understand how dangerous it can be.
Mis-use, poor maintenance and age can increase the risk of shock injuries or an electrical fire.
Here are some things you should check to help prevent the risk of an electrical fire in your home.
Condition Of Wiring
When moving into or renovating an older property have the condition of the wiring checked by a qualified electrical contractor. All electrical wiring and fixtures pre-1960s such as cables covered in rubber black insulation and light switches inside the bathroom should be replaced.
All wiring is insulated to protect live wires from contact with water, inflammables and human touch. However, wires can be damaged if cut by vacuum cleaners, garden trimmers, electric lawnmowers or hand held kitchen appliances. It’s not enough to tape them; damaged cables should be replaced.
Keep all electrical appliances away from water. Water is a powerful conductor of electricity and can cause injury and death. Store a multi-purpose fire extinguisher in the case of an electrical fire. Never try and extinguish an electrical fire with water.
Avoid overloading sockets. High current appliances such as kettles and irons should be plugged into a single socket. If a socket has burn marks or feels hot to touch, do not use it and call a qualified electrical contractor to inspect it.
Never use the wrong amp bulb for your light fixtures, even table lamps. Down lighters are fashionable and discreet but they can be a fire hazard if incorrectly installed. Ensure that you choose the correct amp bulbs for your down lights and always call in a qualified electrician to install them.
Electric blankets can be dangerous if not used and stored correctly. Never fold an electric blanket, roll it instead to prevent damaging the internal wires. Only leave a blanket on overnight if it has a thermostat and is specifically designed for the purpose. Never switch on a blanket that is damp.
Icarus Electrical Contractors East Sussex are NICEIC accredited electrical contractors serving the Eastbourne, Brighton and Sussex areas. We offer electrical installation and inspection services to ensure your home is safe from the risk of electrical fires. Contact us today for more information.
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Why You Should Switch To LED Lighting
Cutting down on your energy consumption is as easy as switching on a switch. If you’re looking for ways to reduce your carbon footprint and make your home or business more energy efficient, one of the most popular and easy solutions is to install energy efficient lights. Just this one simple change can have a positive effect, not only on the environment, but also on your energy bills and even your general health. Here’s why:
LED lights use 90% less energy than conventional lights. That means they are 20 times more energy efficient than traditional lighting and they use a fraction of the energy to produce the same amount of light.
Conventional lightbulbs lose 95% of heat when they are switched on. LEDs only lose 5%. LEDs are cold to touch and won’t heat up like conventional bulbs so you won’t risk burning your fingers if you touch them. The cold light is perfect for indoor plant growth, while the light produced still manages to create a warm glow around your rooms.
Good For Your Health
LED lights are actually good for you!
There’s no high powered discharge that can hurt your eyes.
There’s no UV light to damage your skin.
They don’t attract bugs and insects so there’s less chance of being bitten and no need to use toxic insecticide sprays.
LED light therapy can be used to treat a number of skin conditions such as sun-damaged skin.
They don’t contain harmful environmental pollutants like mercury or lead.
Their low voltage means greater electrical safety and less risk of electrical fires.
LEDs are recyclable, in fact they have 4 times less environmental impact than conventional lights. As LEDs use less energy, less energy needs to be produced to power them from fossil fuel sources such as goal and gas.
The average LED lightbulb lasts around 25,000 hours and many have a lifespan of up to 20 years. They are low maintenance and also incredibly durable. Their thick coating is almost unbreakable and they don’t have a delicate inner filament like conventional bulbs. They are also rust proof, so are ideal for outdoor lighting.
Although they are more expensive to buy than standard bulbs, you’ll get your money back from lower energy bills. Changing just 20 bulbs in your home or office will save you almost £300 each year.