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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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To DIY Or Not To DIY?
Recent economic instability and an uncertain housing market means that many homeowners are deciding to stay put and renovate or extend rather than move home. This has led to an increased interest in DIY home improvements.
However, it’s got to be asked: if you’ve decided to take on a DIY project, do you really know what you’re doing? What’s more, do you have the knowledge and skills to complete a job successfully and safely?
If you’re thinking of taking on a DIY project over the summer, here are a few factors you should consider before you make a start.
If you are an expert DIYer then doing a job yourself can save you a lot of money. However, the price you have to pay is your time investment. Are you a weekend warrior who can only work on your DIY project during time off and over the weekends? Even a simple DIY job can end up taking months to complete if your commitment time is limited.
Certain jobs such as sanding back floors that creates a great deal of dust and dirt or kitchen and bathroom improvements can end up causing major upheavals if the job takes a long time to finish. The prospect of having an inaccessible kitchen or bathroom for long periods of time is not a happy one. You may be saving money, but if a professional can complete the work in half the time it might be wiser to swallow your pride and pay for a job to be done more quickly.
Also bear in mind if you’re tackling a DIY project for the first time, the money you save by not calling in a professional may well be spent on buying the necessary tools.
If you don’t have the skills, you may end up paying a professional even more money to correct a job that you’ve botched up. Do you know enough to complete the process from start to finish? Popular TV shows make DIY look easier than it is.
Two areas you should definitely leave to the professionals are plumbing and electrics. Botched plumbing could easily flood your home and fiddling about with electrical wiring could result in fire, injury or even death.
No matter how competent you think you are, the following are absolute DIY no no’s:
- Electrical works
- Asbestos removal
- Roof work
- Gas appliance work
Icarus Electrical are experienced and professional electrical contractors based in Sussex. For all your electrical requirements no matter how large or small, contact us today, or visit us online for more information.
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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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When You Need A Professional Electrician
If you are keen on home improvements then DIY is a good way to save money and get various jobs done cheaply. However, if you’re dealing with electrics, it’s often best to leave things well alone and call in a qualified electrician. That doesn’t mean that you should call someone out to change a light bulb, but that you should be aware of the dangers of dealing with electrics in your home. If you don’t know what you’re doing, you could end up spending more on subsequent repairs and also put your household in danger.
Whether for repair works or installation, here are a few examples of when to call in a professional electrician.
We’ve all experienced tripped circuits and being left in the dark every now and then. But if it happens often it could mean your circuits are overloaded or there’s a fault in the wiring system.
There are many simple reasons that your lights may flicker from time to time. It could just be a simple case of a loose bulb or an interruption to outside power lines caused by windy or stormy weather. However, constantly flickering lights could also mean a loose circuit connection or older wiring which can cause overheating and create a fire risk.
If you have extension cords running through the house and hiding under the rugs then you should get additional sockets installed. Don’t overload sockets with too many plugs and large appliances should be directly plugged into a single outlet and not shared with others. Sockets that have blackened surrounds and are warm to touch should be checked by a professional.
An electrician shouldn’t just be called out for faults and repairs. You’ll also need professional help for the following:
Older and period properties are very popular in the UK. If the house of your dreams is more than 20 years old though, you should get the wiring inspected by a professional electrical contractor.
A professional electrician will be able to install fire alarm and prevention systems and home security systems including alarms and motion sensor outdoor lighting.
Outdoor lighting can look fantastic but water, soil and electricity don’t mix well so get a professional to install lighting for your garden and driveway.
Modern audio and visual systems have state-of-the-art features such as a centralised AV system throughout the house. To ensure it works perfectly, have it professionally installed.
For more information on our electrical services, contact Icarus Electrical, Eastbourne today.
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The Dangers Of DIY Electrical Jobs
We do love our home improvements in the UK. With the accessibility of huge DIY superstores and the desire to cut corners and save money, Do It Yourself is a popular pastime.
You may consider yourself a dab hand with a paintbrush and an accomplished handyman but when it comes to the wiring and electrics, leave it to a qualified professional.
Electrics in your home are dangerous and, if dealt with wrongly, can be a fire or shock hazard. If you need the services of an electrician, then now is not the time to be trying to save money. DIY electrical repairs could end up costing you more than expensive repair bills. Here’s a look at some of the common dangers associated with DIY electrical jobs.
If your property is more than 25 years old, there’s a chance the wiring is out of date. Old wiring is a high fire risk. It can’t keep up with modern day demands of chargers, usb portals, games consoles and sound systems. If you can’t run your washing machine, coffee machine, TV and computer at the same time without a circuit blowing, your wiring system is probably overloaded and you’ll need to call in a qualified electrician.
Many property owners make the mistake of trying to bind exposed, flexed wiring with ducting tape. It’s like putting a band aid on a compound fracture and will only lead to more trouble.
Installing a new light fitting may seem like a simple job but if you fit the wrong fixture, your wiring system can’t cope with higher wattages. Another mistake is fitting the wrong wattage bulb for the fixture. The bulb will overheat and can melt the socket, shatter or even burst into flames.
There are different kinds of electrical wires and each one has a specific purpose. Using the wrong type of wire during your DIY jobs can result in short circuiting and possible fire.
Many people assume that a larger fuse is better as it will be able to handle higher currents. The wrong fuse or loosely fitted fuses can cause circuits to overheat and catch fire.
A mild electric shock is not pleasant. At the very least you could suffer severe burns. But a high voltage shock can kill you. Then anyone who touches you, if the current is still on, will also be shocked.
Leave your electrics to a qualified professional. For more information on our range of electrical services Brighton, contact Icarus Electrical today.