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Electrical Safety in your Student Accommodation

School is nearly out for summer and one thing that will be on the to do list for some families will be looking or even moving into student accommodation in time for September. Electrical safety is an important consideration at this time which can range from niggly problems such as the electric tripping just as you’re about to save your work on your laptop or MacBook, to serious electrical issues that could cause electrical injury or even death.

Making the best start on university housing
It will soon become apparent that there is a problem with your student housing. The unfortunate reality is that once you have signed the tenancy agreement, it will become a lot more difficult to rectify the issue in the future. It is far easier to be aware of potential pitfalls before making the final decision on which housing to opt for.

What Should You Look Out?

Dangerous electrics at best can be a menace. In the worst instance it can kill. When viewing the property there are often tell tale signs that the electrics are not in the best of conditions. An over reliance of extension leads is a tell tale sign that there are not enough electric sockets in the rooms for example. Too few sockets is a sign of dated electrics and there could well be other problems. Pay attention to how the current tenants are living and the condition of the other electric fittings such as switches and sockets. Signs of discolouration, metal backed sockets and broken fittings are all signs that the electrics need some attention.

With electricity, everything is neatly hidden away. Therefore it is tricky to see if there is a problem with electrics that otherwise look good. The only way of knowing is for a qualified and registered electrician carrying out an electrical safety inspection of the property electrics, this is known as an Electrical Installation Condition Report aka an EICR. If the property is satisfactory than a certificate is issued to confirm this. It is important that as the tenant you ask to view this certificate as it is in your right to see it.
Landlords Responsibilities
The recommendations are for landlords to carry out an EICR every 5 years or with every change of tenant. Although it is not the law to have an EICR carried out, landlords must still show how they ensure the electrical safety of their tenants. Most reputable landlords carry out an EICR on their property.

Portable Appliance Testing (PAT Testing)

Whilst it can be quite handy to have a washing machine and fridge freezer ready to use in your property, it is important that the appliances are actually safe to use. Faulty or dangerous appliances can cause fire or electric shock. Landlords who supply electrical equipment should have any portable equipment PAT tested (aka portable appliance testing) regularly to ensure that the equipment remains safe to use.

Always ask to see the EICR certificate and evidence of PAT testing before signing the tenancy agreement.
Electricity can and does kill so it’s important to take it seriously. Ensuring that your property will be electrically safe is the best thing you can do prior to moving into your student property.
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Electrical DIY – Should you do it yourself?

When it comes to DIY, many people think that it is cheaper to do it themselves not realising the financial and safety implications involved. What can on the outset look like a relatively easy job, could turn out to be far more complex! That is why it is always best to leave it to a qualified, experienced electrician in London.

Below you can check out an infographic that reveals some worrying results about DIY electrics and also to highlight the serious consequences that this can have.

Electrician in Hertfordshire

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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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