Electrical Safety Matters

January 7, 2017 11:59 am

Put down that screwdriver & Leave the wiring and electrical safety to us!

Most electricians would agree with me on this. 80% of the housing stock within the UK has been messed about with or will be at some point by the good old DIY enthusiasts.

DIY projects can be very rewarding, I personally have always done DIY around my house its a great way to save money and gives you that feel good factor looking at the fruits of your labor after a hard day on the tools.

However when it comes to Electrical installation work and electrical safety, STOP! It’s not DIY friendly. Yes, I know Wickes & B&Q sell fuse boards, wire, and sockets, but in my eyes, they actually only sell electrical materials to prey on innocent electricians who get called out on a Sunday and need quick a quick fix. There should but a warning on the aisle warning doesn’t try this at home!

Please, it’s for your own safety and your family’s safety when working on items electrical related. Don’t try to cut costs just pick up the phone and call us!.

Electrical Safety in Sheffield

On a serious note though its very dangerous what may look simple can be done incorrectly if you don’t know exactly what you are doing.  What looks to be an easy “do it yourself” project can turn into a costly mistake due to inexperience.

My advice is clear just please leave electrical safety to a professional electrician, we are generally very competitive on price and it could help you avoid taking an unnecessary risk.

Some facts about electrical safety

I’m not trying to scare you, but I’m simply trying to point out it’s not worth the risks, I have had a few near misses in my time as an electrical contractor, and I’m qualified! Just yesterday a friend of mine ended up in hospital whilst at work on the railway lines. This was caused by an electrician, believe it or not isolating the wrong circuits. Electricity cant be seen and its very dangerous to work with, it can also cause serious injury,

Electricians spend years learning and implementing the safe working practices, even if you feel competent to wire things up I must ask you if you can do so without risking injury to others?

Safe electrical certification

Deaths, Injuries, and Fires

1. Low voltage electrocutions and fatal electrical burns in GB from low voltage electricity supplies (2010 data)(i)
  • Total: 28
  • Work related electrocutions: six
  • Home or leisure electrocutions: 22

Northern Ireland – Average of 1 electrical fatality per year (ii)

2. Electric shocks (iii):
  • People receiving a mains voltage electric shock per year (15+): 2.5 million*
  • Of whom received a serious injury: 350,000**

*4,032 interviews were conducted with adults in Great Britain aged 15+ from 06 to 27 May 2011 via Ipsos MORI’s Capibus, the weekly face-to-face omnibus survey, using a nationally representative quota sample across Great Britain. The results have been weighted to reflect the known profile of the adult population in Great Britain. Based on a confidence interval of +/- 0.9% and the sample size of 4,032 the actual number could vary between c2.1 to 2.8 million. Electric shock is defined as ‘a mains-voltage electric shock rather than a static shock of the type a person might get from a car, for example.’

All accidental domestic fires Accidental domestic fires of electrical origin                    In depth
Faults Misuse Articles too close to heat Total Products Electrical Wiring issues
Deaths 244 25 11 10 46 38 8
Injuries 5956 799 1,392 278 2469 2302 167
Fires 37601 7,763 10,735 1,905 20403 17,932 2,471

**Based on a survey of 4,032 adults in Great Britain aged 15+ who have personally experienced an electric shock that resulted in injury while at home or in the garden in the past twelve months including all those who experienced one or more of the following injuries: Severe pain, Skin burn without scarring, Bruising from a fall or severe muscular contraction, Temporary blindness, Heartbeat disturbance, Persistent pain or numbness, Higher blood pressure, Skin burn with scarring, Broken bone(s), Difficulty breathing.’ – Source from the Electrical Safety Council.

Fuse Box Safety

I can’t stress this enough. Leave your electrical safety with an expert it’s not worth the risk. If you have any questions, contact one of our electrical safety experts.