Know the dangers of electrics
We use so many gadgets and devices in our homes these days that there is a great demand placed on our electrics. According to the National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting, there are around 12,500 electrical fires and about 2,000 electric shock incidents in the U.K. each year. It’s vital you stay safe.
The most important thing is to not overload your sockets. If you don’t have enough sockets for everything you need to use, just wait. Don’t be tempted to overload your power points as this can lead to fires or electric shocks.
Remember to check your wires regularly. If any of your electrical devices are old, the cables and wires may be covered in rubber, or if they’re more than 40 years old, in fabric. When the fabric is frayed, the wire protection is split and the wire is showing replace it immediately. Check that cables going in to plugs are secure and that the protection is not frayed or split. To look after your cables, run them straight and keep them tidy.
Check your light fittings often, making sure they aren’t showing an visible damaged and that all of your down lighters are fully functioning.
If you’re not using an electrical item, switch it off and unplug at the wall. When you are in the bathroom, never take any mains powered electrical items in with you.
When to call the experts
If your electrics start to show signs of deterioration or are a cause for concern, call a qualified electrician. The warning signs to look out for include:
- Hot plugs and scorch marks
- Flickering lights
- Frayed cabling
- Cables that stick through walls.
Only qualified electricians should only carry out electrical repairs. If you’re unsure ask to see their credentials before they carry out the work.
What CORGI HomePlan can do
Included within our HomePlan covers are all fuse boards and boxes, circuit breakers, sockets, switches and light pendants in your home.
CORGI HomePlan covers you for breakdown of the 240 volt electrical supply system within the walls of your property, beyond (but not including) the electricity company’s meter, such as faulty electrical switches and a faulty fuse board.
Cover does not extend to electrical ‘terminal ends’. For example, light bulbs, electric showers etc, anything that can plug in, for example, kettles, computers etc and repairs to the plumbing or power supply relating to any outbuildings.
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