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Electrical Safety Advice For Your Holiday

It’s that time of year again when we all look forward to jet setting off to a hot destination for some well deserved chill out time with friends or family. Even though your escaping the hustle and bustle of everyday life, electrical safety is something you need to stay very much on the ball with even whilst abroad. Some countries do not have the same safety regulations as we do in the UK so some vital checks should really be part of your holiday routine to keep you safe.

The Electrical Safety Council recommend a few vital checks when travelling abroad and how to keep safe when it comes to electrical appliances.

Your hotel room – check that:
•There are no bare wires that can be touched where electrical accessories have been removed or damaged
•Sockets and light switches are not damaged or have their covers missing
•Light bulbs are properly inserted into all light fittings and are not broken or cracked
•There are no trailing extension leads or overloaded sockets and never ignore the warning signs of burning smells, sounds of arcing (buzzing and crackling), fuses blowing or scorch marks on plugs and sockets

Bathrooms – check that:
•Electrical accessories cannot be touched whilst in the bath or shower

By the pool – check that:
•Electrical appliances are kept away from the water

On camp sites – check that:
•There is Residual Current Device (RCD) protection or a similar device that will cut off the supply if there is an electrical problem
•Flexible cables are positioned appropriately to prevent them being damaged
•Electrical appliances are stored in a dry place

Keeping yourself & your family safe is not difficult if you follow a few simple rules:

1.Never touch electrical equipment with wet hands.
2.Never touch light switches if they are cracked or show signs of damage.
3.Never plug equipment into a socket which looks damaged/cracked or has part or all of the cover missing.
4.Never use mains powered electrical appliances in a bathroom.
5.Always check that cables are securely attached to electrical equipment and are not cut, nicked or damaged in anyway. There should be no joints in the cable and certainly no repairs with insulating tape. Cables should also be checked for signs of overheating, such as discoloration.
6.Always check that the travel adaptor you are using is the correct type for the country in which you are travelling and never force it into a socket if it does not easily fit.

Wherever you are on holiday, no-one should have to compromise their safety so always report any electrical dangers to the person responsible. This could be your hotel rep, tour operator or the hotel manager. If the danger is not removed immediately, insist on it being moved.

These types of checks will put your mind at rest so you can really enjoy your break.  Fulcher Edwards wishes you all a safe and happy holiday!

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Are you working safely in your Garden this Summer?

With a heatwave well under way many home owners are going to be out and about in their garden. Whether you have a balcony, a roof terrace or a fully fledged garden, there is always some element of electrical risk when enjoying the summer sun.

Summer sports

With the World Cup well under way and the Wimbledon season quickly approaching, lots of us are celebrating in our own ways – whether that is being glued to the television or having the obligatory strawberries and cream. Yesterday we carried out an Electrical Installation Condition Report for a property in London, and the owner was happily outside in their garden watching the World Cup on TV.

Never be tempted to take your TV or radio outside into the garden, it would only take a few drops of rain…or next doors sprinkler system to make sparks fly quite literally! Not only would this cause permanent damage to your equipment, but you could also receive an electric shock or injury.

Water parties

In temperatures like these it is nice to drench yourself in water whether that be from water pistols or paddling pools. Many people will go indoors dripping wet and use switches and sockets whilst still wet. Remember to dry yourself thoroughly before operating anything electrical. Water and electricity do not mix and you could receive an electric shock by accidentally using a switch with wet hands.

Making the Garden look presentable

Getting the lawnmower or hedge trimmers out might seem like a simple enough job, however how many of you actually check for damage before plugging in and using them? Checking for water damage on the cable is essential especially for items kept in sheds that might be prone to leaking or pests. Water that has leaked onto electrical items kept in sheds or mice that have chewed through cable are a particular risk so always check before plugging in.

Investing in an RCD plug is also a good idea as this protects against equipment fault or even accidentally chopping through the cable. An RCD cuts the power in a fraction of a second and in gardens where an accident is more likely to occur, this makes sense. RCD protection has saved many lives in recent years.

As Electricians in St Albans we always recommend RCD protection in the home for ultimate electrical safety, however an RCD socket should be the minimum consideration when working outside as accidents so easily happen.

Make sure all connectors are designed for your equipment

When using connectors, always make sure they are compatible to the actual equipment you are using and that they are designed for use outdoors. Take extra care with extension leads and sockets. Extension leads should not be used at all outside and outdoor sockets should be in use. As a leading Electrical Contractor in St Albans we have seen many examples of dangerous electrical practices in gardens. Always follow the manufacturers instructions and never take risks.

Light up your Garden

The fun doesn’t have to stop once the Sun has set! By placing adequate outside lighting in your garden you can enjoy the long summer evenings all the way into the night. A well lit garden will keep you and your family safe by helping to prevent any slips, trips, and falls. At Fulcher Edwards we carry out electrical installations both inside and outside the home. The below photo shows a lighting installation we carried out in a garden in Fulham and has been provided by Lambert & Sons who we worked alongside on this project.

If you would be interested in carrying out electrical installations in your garden this summer, please do not hesitate to contact us for your free quotation.

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LED Lighting Installation, Westminster

We recently installed some LED lighting at an office in Westminster, London. The client contacted us following a recommendation from another client of ours. They had very few lights that were working and was considering getting them relamped by us, but following a conversation with our Managing Director Michael and various options discussed the client decided on replacing all 16 of their 600 x 600 panel lighting with replacement LED panels.

Once the details and the quotation was agreed with the client we arranged for two of our electricians to attend early one morning to get to work and the client was very happy with the results which kind of speaks for itself in the photo as the difference is quite a big one. We were even able to adjust the lighting colour which was helpful as the LED lighting panels seemed so much brighter due to the lack of lights working previously.

LED lighting has its benefits as not only is it maintenance free unlike the requirements of most lights in offices which can save you money on relamping visits/stock but also your energy bills. Plus LED lighting can help the environment and studies in the US and Europe show that LED lighting can influence human energy, mood, vitality and work performance. Find out more about the benefits of LED lighting in offices courtesy of UK Energy Lighting

If you would like to discuss lighting options in your office then why not get in touch with the team at Fulcher Edwards Ltd we can discuss your requirements, come to site and provide you with a quotation, all free of charge and with no obligation. Whether you want better lighting in your office, save money, moving into new premises or refurbishing your current space, give us a call and we can help.

 

Before and after shot of office before and after we replaced their lights with LED panels.

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Electrical Installation Works at SW1 Office

Sometimes carrying out electrical installation works during normal working hours can cause disruption when you are trying to run a business, however the team at Fulcher Edwards are not shy of nightshifts or very early starts to help our clients. We recently helped one of our commercial clients Colas Rail Ltd at their head office in London, with an internal office move which required the whole team involved over a 24 hour window, including our MD!

We were asked to install various sockets and relocate floor boxes to suit a new desk layout in three offices at this office in Westminster. This type of electrical installation meant desks and floors had to be lifted so we had a team of electricians attend once everyone in the office had left for the day. Desks were then moved, floor tiles were lifted and new electrak leads with modular sockets were relocated to new outlets in order for the new desk set ups.

Once the electrical installation side of things was complete, our team 2 of electricians took over and took care of the cable management side of things as well as assisting with getting the office in order. Even Michael our Managing Director wasn’t afraid to getting his hands dirty and was under desks tidying cables! It was a successful 24 hours and our client was very happy with the team and the installation, so all in all a successful team effort.

Fulcher Edwards carries out all types of electrical installations, big or small, for commercial and residential customers in London and St. Albans, Herts. We can work round your business by offering early morning, night or weekend visits if preferred. If you would like a free quotation and to discuss your requirements with us we offer a a free site visit by one of our electricians, a contact us form via our website, or you can call us to discuss over the phone with our office team. Please find our contact details here.

 

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Emergency Lighting Test in School Academy in NW London

Our electricians spent 2 days testing the emergency lighting in each building at a school in NW2 before the students returned after the Christmas break. Our electricians worked with the onsite maintenance team gaining access quickly and smoothly in each area that was tested.

Emergency lighting is a legal requirement for all businesses and organisations as defined by the Fire Regulatory Reform Order 2005 and British Standards BS 5266 Part 1: 2011 (Code of practice for the emergency lighting of premises) and BS EN 1838:2013.

Emergency lighting is a back–up for when the main power supply cuts out, resulting in darkness, which could present a danger to the occupants of a building. Therefore emergency lights must operate automatically in all circulation areas and escape routes, and must be adequate for people to see clearly enough to navigate obstacles and find a way out of the building safely.

Monthly Test: A function test is required once a month. This can be done in-house or by a professional.
Yearly Test: A full 3-hour discharge test is required once a year carried out by a professional.  A Certificate will be issued for your records.

All of the above testing needs to be documented into a logbook for your records which is usually supplied by the maintenance company like Fulcher Edwards Ltd, who is carrying out the yearly emergency lighting testing.

If you require emergency lighting testing at one of your properties then why not contact us for a free quote? Should you instruct us then we can provide you with a logbook, Certificate for your records and training if required and assist with any remedial works that may be necessary to keep you compliant with British Standards.

We maintain many schools in London and Hertfordshire and can attend during the school holidays if thats the preferred time for maintenance works though our electricians are DBS checked.

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Awarded BAFE Accreditation

A BAFE accreditation has been one we have wanted for a while and we finally took the plunge this summer. BAFE promotes quality in fire safety and a big part of our works in fire alarm maintenance so we felt it was important to add this to our list.

BAFE is an organisation that ensures quality for the fire protection industry and provides the vital reassurance that the services being bought or specified are effective, reliable and competently maintained.

As of July we complied with the requirements of the BAFE adopted scheme SP203-1 for the maintenance of fire detection and alarm systems. We have now been added to list of BAFE registered companies and are authorised to use the BAFE mark.

To find out more about BAFE take a look at their website BAFE Cert - IMG_8524www.bafe.org.uk

 

 

 

 

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