SOS Electricals http://www.sos-electricals.co.uk Mon, 15 Jan 2018 21:08:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.13 http://www.sos-electricals.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/cropped-SOS-Logo-MASTER-32x32.jpg SOS Electricals http://www.sos-electricals.co.uk 32 32 Security Lighting – Advantages of Solar Security Lights http://www.sos-electricals.co.uk/blog/advantages-of-solar-security-lights/ Mon, 15 Jan 2018 21:07:27 +0000 http://www.sos-electricals.co.uk/?p=17078 Solar security lights are increasingly replacing the older electrical and battery powered versions. Today, it is common to come across many of these security lights hanging from gardens, streets, parks, and other poorly lit areas. The simple concept is that solar powered lights take in the sun during the day, and convert that to electrical energy that’s stored in their batteries. Checking the battery life and performance of the light is one of the top considerations when buying one. In this article, we’ll explain to you how solar security lights work, and their pros and cons. First things first;

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How do these solar lights work?

In essence, solar security lights are placed in such a way that they take in sunlight, convert it into energy and store it in batteries. Additionally, the lights have special motion sensors. The sensors light up when motion is detected; this is why they come in so handy in backyards and other poorly lit areas. The batteries can last for 2 years or more and most are replaceable. Solar security lights require minimal wiring; you just need to place them in an area that has ample sunlight.

Who needs these lights?

Solar security lights, also known as solar motion lights, can be used for different purposes;

  • Home owners need solar security lights to light up the dark areas in their homes
  • Garden enthusiasts will also find them useful in enhancing their gardens with their vivid, dramatic lighting.
  • Security motion lights are also increasingly being used to light up paths in recreational parks and grounds. Civilians walking at night are able to see their paths well.
  • Last but not least, they are ideal for security since they alert you of unwanted people near your house. They will flash the moment they sense motion approaching towards the property.

Solar security lights are inexpensive and with as little as £10 – £40 you can get yourself some. Like we mentioned earlier, they require little or no wiring as everything about theme is automatic; you just need to locate them in the way of direct sunlight.  You can readily purchase them in most electrical stores, or even online.  They’re also eco friendly as they just harness what nature has to offer freely.  The good thing is that when buying these lights, you can get them in bundles so that you spread them evenly around your home. Depending on your needs, you can place some near the gate, in the garden, near your backyard, and so on. When buying a solar security light, their price will be determined by the sensitivity of the sensors, capacity and longevity of the battery, as well as the size of the light. Thus, always take time to shop around comparing and contrasting the different brands.

You don’t need any prior experience or expertise in order to install the solar security lights. In fact, most companies have written on their box ‘install in seconds’. Each light has 2 screws and 2 holes so that you can screw it wherever you want. Some property owners even use super glue to deter thieves from unscrewing and taking them away. It’s worth noting that we have some automatic solar lights that will automatically turn themselves on in darkness and switch themselves off at dawn. They may dim at night, but light up again brightly when motion is detected nearby.

Solar security lights are a good investment; they are a smart and eco friendly way of securing and beautifying your property. They are affordable and once you install them, you don’t have to worry about switching them every evening and off each morning you wake up.

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Simple Tips To Maintain Your CCTV Security System http://www.sos-electricals.co.uk/blog/tips-to-maintain-cctv-security-system/ Mon, 08 Jan 2018 12:23:03 +0000 http://www.sos-electricals.co.uk/?p=17072 A CCTV security system is an important investment that should be well protected at all times. These are systems that help reduce burglaries in homes and also help owners to keep an eye on their business premises. Installing CCTV is the first step; ensuring that the cameras are well maintained is the other equally important part. Failure to this, you risk capturing blurry and grainy images that are of little help, or even fail to capture any images at all! Check out below the guide we have compiled to help you maintain your CCTV system;

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Quick tip; the frequency with which you should inspect your system will depend on its age, and quality. If it’s an old CCTV system, you should check it at least after every 3 months.

  1. A semi annual inspection; usually, you should inspect your CCTV cameras both indoors and outdoors for any signs of damage or corrosion. If the connectors display signs of corrosion, have them replaced promptly otherwise the system risks shorting out. The power supplies should be working and no power should be lost either due to tampering or from disturbances from storms.
  2. Cleaning the cameras; cameras ought to be cleaned at least twice every year if you want optimal performance. Look out for dust, water spots, smudges and other elements that may block the lenses. Always use a soft dry cloth to wipe the cameras gently; never use detergents or other liquids as the glasses are sensitive to such.
  3. Securely positioned; you should regularly review the CCTV footage being recorded so that you know whether you need to adjust the cameras to certain angles or directions. Also, ensure that the cameras aren’t loose or jiggling otherwise they may fall off or swing uselessly without recording anything.
  4. Trimming the landscape; this especially applies to outdoor cameras where branches and vines may block the view. Always trim trees and bushes obstructing the camera’s view. While at it, it is also vital that you ensure animals like squirrels, birds and bees do not build their nests near the cameras. These may block the recording of a potentially important footage.
  5. Camera should be weatherproof; your CCTV cameras should always be protected from environmental elements. Too much water exposure or direct sunlight damages the camera especially if it was not meant for such environments. It is always advisable that when you’re installing outdoor cameras you consider covering them with small sheds, or an encasing.
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  6. Securely connected cables; lastly, always keep a constant eye on your connection cables as these also cause frequent breakdowns of CCTV Systems. Worn out cables and those showing signs of wear and tear should be replaced. Check all cables connected to the cameras, DVR, monitor; ensure that all are receiving power and are well connected.

In most cases, people throw away the manuals for their CCTV systems the moment they have installed them. However, it is always nice to keep such manuals with you, in case you need to confirm something. Besides, it makes sense to read the manual before rushing to call over a technician who may charge you much for something you could have handled. Remember, once a company has installed the CCTV system in your premises, most never return again; the maintenance work is left to you. It’s advisable to invest in a good quality system that records quality images and requires little maintenance. Cheap on the other hand is expensive; a cheap CCTV system means frequent breakdowns, and grainy, low quality images.

Get a professional to advice you on the best CCTV system for your premises and tips on how to maintain it.

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The Need For Quality Electrical Cables For House Wiring http://www.sos-electricals.co.uk/blog/quality-electrical-cables-for-house-wiring/ Thu, 04 Jan 2018 13:00:43 +0000 http://www.sos-electricals.co.uk/?p=17061 When doing a home wiring, there are two very important things to always remember; the electrician has to be qualified, and the electrical cables used must be of good quality. Failure to adhere to these two cardinal rules, you risk expositing yourself and loved ones to clear risks and dangers. Electrical fires, short circuits, excess power consumption; all these can be attributed to shoddy works during house wiring. When it comes to picking the ideal kind of wiring cable, copper and aluminium tend to be their favourite. In fact, copper dominates and most homes have used this for their wiring. Aluminium on the other hand is not so popular, for some reasons that we’ll be discussing below.

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There are numerous reasons why copper is usually the preferred option for most technicians and electricians. Copper does not corrode easily even when exposed to water and other elements. Corrosion leads to rusting that affects the connectivity in the long run. Corrosion has also been associated to likelihoods of accidental fires. Copper is also easy to install and use including on tiny and small spaces. A thin copper cable can conduct huge amounts of current without losing it or short-circuiting. The only notable disadvantage for copper is perhaps that it is quite expensive. Copper is expensive when you compare it to Aluminium. As a result, some home owners opt for the latter and get a qualified technician who can install it properly and conduct regular inspections.

Aluminium’s most notable weakness like aforementioned, is its corrosiveness. So much so that most insurance companies will even hesitate to insure homes that have used aluminium for wiring. Why? Because it is prone to accidental fires borne from short circuits. Aluminium reacts quickly with water to get corroded. That aside, it is a good conductor of current, and is popular for its lightweight. Most industrial complexes that may have limitations on weight issues when wiring tend to find aluminium very ideal. Aluminium is also easy to work with and can be easily bended especially in corners and other difficult areas that need wiring.

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  • Having quality cables is cheaper in the long run because it will mean lesser inspections, and fewer repairs of damaged wires. Copper cables require little maintenance the moment you connect them properly; aluminium on the other hand will require inspections after every few months.
  • As a home owner, you also enjoy the peace of mind that comes from knowing that you used quality cables for your wiring. You don’t have to live on the edge worrying when the next fire breaks out in your premises.
  • Like we mentioned before, insurance companies also advice most of their clients to opt for quality wiring cables. Copper is the standard and preferred choice for most. Aluminium is said to be a high risk choice due to its corrosiveness. It also requires frequent repairs to damages suffered when it comes into contact with water and other metals.

If you are not so well versed on the best cables to pick, feel free to consult a professional, licensed electrician to guide you through it. Such an electrician will advice you based on your budget, personal preferences. It does not mean that no homes have aluminium wiring after all; it just means that aluminium requires more attention in the form of frequent inspections. Besides, there are aluminium cables that are sufficiently insulated to protect them from any external elements like water.  Ask your electrician to try and explain the pros and cons of each option so you can make up your mind easily.

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Understanding Aluminium Wiring And Potential Problems http://www.sos-electricals.co.uk/blog/aluminium-wiring-potential-problems/ Tue, 02 Jan 2018 12:10:59 +0000 http://www.sos-electricals.co.uk/?p=17052 Although copper continues to be the prime choice for many electricians and technicians, aluminium has also got its share of advantages and pros. In fact, some will argue that Aluminium is the better option if only you take time to insulate it properly and conduct regular inspections. Most residential homes and commercial premises have used copper for all their wiring needs; however, this trend is expected to change as the prices of copper continue to shoot high. Just like any other mineral, mining of copper is subject to market fluctuations that trickle down to the ordinary end user. Aluminium is light, less expensive, and equally good at conductivity. If you are looking to try aluminium for your home or commercial wiring, here we have compiled some important points that you ought to take note of.

Why is aluminium not so commonly used in wiring?

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This is a good question. If aluminium is lightweight and a good conductor, why is it not as favoured as copper? The simple answer is that aluminium is notoriously corrosive; it gets corroded faster and easily. Exposure to water and other metals will quickly corrode aluminium. The more it gets corroded, the higher the risk of hazards like electrical fires. For this reason, most electricians have opted for the more stable copper. But this is becoming so expensive especially for large-scale electrical wiring projects. Thus, the trick to using aluminium lies in two things; using proper insulation, and frequent inspections!

Here are some advantages of using aluminium wiring;

  • Low cost; aluminium is less expensive compared to copper, so much so that copper is almost double the price of aluminium. When you think if of a large commercial installation that may consume rolls and rolls of wires, the difference in cost can make a huge difference.
  • Very pliable; aluminium is easy to work with, in that although it’s not as flexible as copper, it is easy to install especially in difficult locations. The same applies to cutting it into pieces; aluminium can be cut even using bare ands.
  • Light; in most industrial settings, the weight of the wiring used is always an issue and as such, aluminium comes in handy during such. Copper is much heavier than aluminium.

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Disadvantages of Aluminium;

  • Risk of fire; one of the greatest risks posed by aluminium is the risk of a fire outbreak. When aluminium wires are damaged by water they get corroded and with this corrosion the risk of a fire is doubled.
  • Higher insurance costs; it is not uncommon to find insurance companies declining to pay houses that have aluminium wiring. And when they do so, they are likely to ask for higher premiums.
  • Specialized attention; when buying most electrical wiring accessories like screws and lugs, one must always double check to ensure that they are compatible with aluminium. This means that when doing repairs and new installations; you have to get someone who has expertise in aluminium wiring.
  • Durability; lastly, aluminium is not as durable as copper and it has to be replaced every so often because it’s prone to damages and corrosions.

This is not to say however that Aluminium is all bad. All that you need to do is to ensure that you have a licensed electrician with you. Once the electrician has done the wiring design correctly and installed the wiring, you can reap the benefits of saved costs and uninterrupted power flow. Also, make sure you straighten things out with your insurance company. Regular inspections are also important as they help in pointing out areas that need replacement or refitting.

 

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Electrical Hazards In Industries And How To Prevent It http://www.sos-electricals.co.uk/blog/electrical-hazards-in-industries/ Mon, 18 Dec 2017 11:09:57 +0000 http://www.sos-electricals.co.uk/?p=17046 Industrial work is to a certain extent known for its risk for injury. However, it’s still not something people often put to consideration while working in environments that risk so much injury in such a substantial way. There are numerous ways injuries can happen when doing industrial work.

The most common cause is due to electricity. Electrical hazards may cause many workplace fatalities and injuries that may result to normal workplace schedules being disrupted. . Electrocution is one of the major cause of workplace deaths in many industries in the world.

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Electrical injuries may happen in various ways, such as when a worker comes into contact with an exposed electric conductor or part of an electric circuit. This may cause heart problems, muscle spasms, and loss of breath. An injury may also occur if electricity is passed from a conductor or circuit through a gas and into a grounded worker. This nature of injury is more severe and can often lead to death. In addition, workers can be burned by electrical fires or fall from heights after being shocked.

Electrical hazards can be avoided at the workplace. The tips below may help to keep electrical injuries from occurring in industries.

  1. Hire only qualified and licensed electricians to install, repair and dismantle worksite wiring; this way, everything will be done following the electrical safety codes. The workers using wiring to power tool and equipment will be protected. Hiring professional electricians may prevent injuries that may arise after hiring less qualified individuals.
  2. Always plug into a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter; a GFCI protection is a requirement at every plug-in point associated with an industry’s temporary electrical supply-right down to the extension cords. It is important to ensure that only GFCI receptacles are installed. In case additional grounding needs come up, extra GFCIs kept on hand may come in handy. It’s important to reserve some GFCI’s in this case.
  3. Scrutinize each extension cord before use; ensure that the insulation is completely intact, it should be free from cracks, tears and abrasion. The power extension cables should not be knotted. This may cause conductor damage and increase the threat of fire.
  4. Thoroughly check for electrical wiring before cutting through any floor, wall or ceiling; in case of electrical wires existing in a building, a worker cutting through the wall, floor or ceiling is likely to make contact with the unseen electrical line with his tool, and get shocked or electrocuted. Sizing up the situation before getting started may reduce risk to injury.
  5. Inspect power tools regularly; inspect power tools regularly in order to detect any signs of wear and tear and organize for repair if that is the case.
  6. Check insulated apparatus for destruction before use; tools that have damaged insulation are no longer safe to use. They should be destroyed and replaced right away.
  7. Do not attempt to modify electrical plugs; an attempt to modify electrical plugs to fit into a socket only increases risks of shock, electrocution and fire. Have a certified electrician do the job.
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  8. Store extension cords safely in a place where they will not be stepped on or driven over; the force of a vehicle or repeatedly treading over by pedestrians may cause extension cord’s conductor to break, resulting into a fire.
  9. Keep all electrical components dry; never mix electricity with water. The consequences may be fatal. Power tools storage should be above water level when not in use.
  10. Use the correct extension cord for the job; before plugging in, ensure that the wattage rating of the extension cord you are using is greater than the pull. Using an extension cord with a lower wattage than the pull may cause the conductor to strain and may result in a fire.

Observance to these basic safety tips will help avoid serious – or even life-threatening – injuries while working with electrical equipment in industries.

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Safety Measures For Electric Hazards In Construction Areas http://www.sos-electricals.co.uk/blog/electric-hazards-construction-areas/ Mon, 11 Dec 2017 11:44:29 +0000 http://www.sos-electricals.co.uk/?p=17038 London is a city endowed with many industries, with construction firms being in the lead. Construction sites tend to be full of potential electrical fire dangers. Fires on construction sites happen frequently, and they pose a very high risk of severe injury or even death for the workers on site. Construction site fires also pose a risk to the general public as well as the property surrounding a jobsite. Damage to both the worksite and the surrounding property may add up to significant, unexpected costs to a construction company.

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The awareness of electrical and fire hazards on construction sites has developed through the years as numerous incidents of fires and accidents cannot be overlooked. Improvements in general construction site procedures and safety measures in London are already making a difference, but more can always be done.

Some of the major areas of concern in terms of the risk of electrical hazards are whenever any large, high-wattage power tools are in use. The potential for electrical hazards is accelerated whenever portable generators bring electricity to a jobsite or when a new electrical system is being installed or tested in a building.

Electrical injuries to the human body include electrocution, electrical shock, burns and falls. Electrocution is the third leading cause of work-related deaths among workers and also at home. Electricity also destroys property such as appliances and equipment. Electricity may lead to fires that burn entire buildings down. The following safety measures can be taken for electric hazards in construction areas in London.

Providing Adequate Training and Supervision

Be sure to provide a thorough, current training and supervision for all the firm’s employees, especially those working directly with electricity. Paying close attention to new employees so that you can ensure they know how to handle themselves around high voltage equipment will help you to stay safe.

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Safety during Welding

During welding, cutting and brazing processes, sparks and extremely hot flying particles are produced. Torrents of sparks can move molten metal far from the work area without being seen, and may start a fire. It is advisable to put shields around the welding site to prevent this. Also, remove all combustible materials, liquids and containers from the work area. Position working tool cords safely and ensure sparks or molten metal do not burn any power cords.

Install Temporary Electrical Service Safety

At times a construction site may require a temporary electrical service to be installed outside of a building in progress until the building has its own electricity system. If this is the case, make sure the temporary service never becomes weighed down. Take measures to ensure that they are protected from any stormy or rainy weather.

Onsite Fire Extinguishers

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Be sure to provide the right type of fire extinguishers onsite for the precise tasks your employees will be performing. A thorough research on the types of extinguishers available for the workplace and personal use may enable you to settle for the best fire extinguishers for your industry. If possible, settle for fire extinguishers that are used for electrical fires – whether caused by electric motors, fuse boxes or welding machines. Be sure to have them on hand whenever electricity is in use at your jobsites.

Electricity is an essential asset in the modern world with the introduction of technology and innovation. Electricity is crucial especially for the industrial sector and for the running of daily activities in homes and small businesses. It is therefore a necessity to understand how electricity works and the dangers involved while working with it. Electricity is a good servant but a bad master when used in the wrong conditions. Adherence to these safety measures for electric hazards will help keep your workers and property safe.

 

 

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Saving Electricity In Your Home http://www.sos-electricals.co.uk/blog/saving-electricity-in-your-home/ Mon, 04 Dec 2017 14:17:49 +0000 http://www.sos-electricals.co.uk/?p=17031 London is a highly productive city. Electricity is used every second to facilitate the running of daily activities in residential and business facilities. Sometimes the electricity bills that need to be footed are unnecessarily huge. These bills can be reduced through saving electricity. London residents adhere to the following tips to save electricity.

  • Using less hot water. Heating water consumes a lot of energy. It’s not obligatory to take cold showers, but being careful of how much hot water you use, and how the water is being heated, can save a lot of electricity and money. The following water using tips help in saving electricity.
  • Using insulated water heaters – they don’t lose much heat.
  • Water heaters that doesn’t run on a nonstop lit pilot light are most preferred.
  • Taking showers instead of baths. Baths consume more water compared to showers.
  • Taking shorter showers saves the water and electricity.

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Using light bulbs which don’t need to “warm up” for areas with lights used for short periods of time. When the whole family wants to go out, the family may use just one or two rooms at night – keeping the whole house lit may consume a lot of electricity.

Sometime lighting candles at night may help save electricity! It may seem old-fashioned but it may be very effective, romantic and peaceful. This may not be possible on a daily basis, but occasionally especially during special family dinners.

  • Insulating Ensuring that there are good seals on the doors and windows leads to huge savings in energy costs. Insulation keeps homes from leaking cool air-conditioned air during summer and warm heated air in winter.

Hiring a contractor to inspect a home’s insulation to determine whether it’s efficient enough may be helpful towards saving electricity. The attic, crawlspaces, basement, walls and ceiling are areas that the contractor checks. This helps if you may want to fit your home with new insulation.

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Weather-stripping your home, that is the doorways and the windows using caulk or  purchasing plastic sheeting to put over the windows during the winter will help in keeping your home insulated.

  • Changing bulbs. Replacing regular luminescent light bulbs with compact luminous (CFL) or LED bulbs is a great electricity saver. Luminescent bulbs release 98% of their consumed energy through heat, while CFL and LED bulbs are much more energy proficient and last several times longer. CFL bulbs were the first substitute to incandescent bulbs, and they use only about 1/4 the energy of incandescent bulbs. They comprise trace amounts of mercury, so they should be disposed of properly when they burn out. LED bulbs are newer to the market. They’re more expensive than CFLs, but they last longer and don’t contain mercury.
  • Embracing natural light. Opening up curtains and letting the sun shine in saves electricity a lot. Using natural light whenever it is available instead of relying on artificial light can greatly reduce the amount of electricity used during the day. This can also be employed at the workplace or in the house. Exposure to natural light also increases happiness – giving you an even greater reason to raise the blinds.

Arranging the workspace so that natural light floods your desk and keeping the overhead lights off when possible will help save electricity. When you need extra lighting, use a low-powered desk lamp instead.  Purchase curtains or blinds with light shades – they still allow light to come through, and may also provide privacy when you need it.

 

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Tips To Avoid Electrical Hazards In Residential Areas http://www.sos-electricals.co.uk/blog/tips-to-avoid-electrical-hazards/ Tue, 28 Nov 2017 16:15:48 +0000 http://www.sos-electricals.co.uk/?p=17024 For the home in this modern era, electricity is the most dangerous and scariest hazard. Every year lots of homes catch fire because of damaged or faulty electrical wiring in the house, and many hundreds of people lose their lives. In many cases, it’s a tragic scenario that is preventable. Fortunately, with a proactive approach to safeguarding your home from harmful electrical hazards, you can avoid becoming a victim yourself. However, there are several ways in which you can prevent such hazards in your residence.

Some simple ways to protect your home from electrical hazards in London include:

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  • All appliances should be switched off before the appliance is unplugged from the socket within the home circuit. It is recommended to hold the plug of the apparatus and not the cord while unplugging electrical devices. It is also recommended to switch off appliances when not using or servicing them.
  • Take damaged or faulty appliances to the electrician for repair or just responsibly dispose of them. Only trained professionals should attempt to repair such devices. A licensed electrician should be hired for all repairs on switches and sockets, light fittings and power points.
  • It is important to ensure that electrical appliances never come in to contact with water, pools of water or any form of moisture. When using electricity in places that are wet, it is recommended to always wear insulated gear such as shoes with rubber soles and insulation gloves. Ensure that you unplug outdoor appliances after their use them or when not using them.
  • You should never handle switches, sockets, power points and appliances with hands that are wet since it can cause electrical shock and loss. It also advisable to handle special appliances following instructions such as folding or crumpling an electric blanket that could cause a short circuit.

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  • At all the power points and switches should have plug-in covers that will close off access to the live conductors. It prevents children and even adults from interfering with them through activities like poking in them or inserting objects in them.
  • It is advisable to label electrical equipment and appliances that have a high risk of producing electrical shock with a danger tag.
  • Do not modify electrical plugs. You should never file the edges, remove the ground pin, or change an electrical plug so that it may fit into a socket.
  • Keep extension cords in a safe place where they cannot be stepped on or ran over. The pressure applied on them can cause an extension cord’s conductor to become shapeless or break, problems that can lead to electrical fires.
  • Always use the right extension cord for the job. Before plugging in, make sure that the wattage rating of the extension cord you’re using is higher than the pull of the apparatus it’s running. Using an extension cord to provide more wattage than it’s rating can cause strain, overheat, and even fire.

Electrical fires can sometimes be fatal.  The above simple tips can save loss of lives and property if adhered to.  The number one rule you should have in mind is to remember that water and electricity do not mix.  Always use the right tool for the right job and never try to fix any electrical faults if you are not a professional.

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How to avoid Electric shock in Wet Conditions in London? http://www.sos-electricals.co.uk/blog/avoid-electric-shocks/ Mon, 20 Nov 2017 14:16:40 +0000 http://www.sos-electricals.co.uk/?p=17012 London is highly industrious. Some of its industries use water for production and manufacturing. It is unavoidable to work in wet conditions in this case and sometimes it may pose risk to workers and property.

Harm may be caused to any person when they are exposed to ‘live parts’ that are either in contact directly or indirectly by means of a conducting object or material. Voltages over 50 volts AC or 120 volts DC are considered hazardous. Wet conditions provide favorable conditions for electricity conduction.

Shocks resulting from faulty equipment may cause severe and permanent injury and may also lead to indirect injuries, due to falls from ladders, scaffolds, or other work platforms. Faulty electrical equipment may also lead to fires. Apart from causing injuries and loss of life, fires cause damage to plant, equipment and property. Below are tips to avoid electric shock in wet conditions.

Wear protective gear

Ensure that yours workers are wearing protective gear while working with electricity appliances in wet conditions. Gloves and boots protect hands and feet from direct contact with wires. When standing on a wet surface, boots act as a circuit breaker to an electric current passing through water. Working coats and overalls protect the entire body from contact with electricity appliances.

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Installing ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI)

For an industry with usually wet floors and walls, it is important to follow the manufacturer’s instructions with respect to the use of a GFCI. Test permanently wired GFCIs monthly, and portable devices before each use. Press the “test” and “reset” buttons. Plug a “night light” or lamp into the GFCI-protected wall outlet (the light should turn on), then press the “TEST” button on the GFCI. If the GFCI is functioning properly, the light should go out. If not, the GFCI should be repaired or replaced. Press the “RESET” button on the GFCI to restore power.

If the “RESET” button pops out but the “night light” or lamp doesn’t go out, it means that the GFCI has been improperly wired and does not offer shock protection at the specific wall outlet. Hire a qualified electrician to correct any wiring errors. This will limit electric shock mostly on wet conditions.

Never Use Extension Cords as Permanent Wiring in industries with wet conditions

In a wet environment, use extension cords only to supply power temporarily to an area that does not have a power outlet. It is advisable to keep extension cords away from heat, water and oil. These may damage the insulation and result to shock. Vehicles should not be allowed to pass over unprotected extension cords. Extension cords should be put in protective wire way, conduit, pipe or protected by placing planks alongside them.

Inspect Cords and Plugs

Check extension cords and plugs daily to ensure that they are not in any contact with water. Never use, and discard if worn or damaged. Extension cords that feel more than comfortably warm should be checked by an electrician. Avoid contact of water with the plugs.

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Avoid Octopus Connections

This is where several items are plugged into one outlet. This may expose the plug to shock conditions mostly in wet conditions. Avoid disconnecting power supply by pulling or jerking the cord from the outlet. Pulling the cord causes wear and may cause a shock.

Avoid being too close power overhead especially in wet conditions

Avoid working close to power lines. Recommended distances vary by authority and/or utility companies. Check with both your authority and electrical utility company when working, driving, parking, or storing materials close to overhead power lines.

Electric Shocks depending on certain conditions, may be fatal, even at relatively low voltages. Wet conditions pose extremely high risks to human health and property

 

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What Are The Signs Of Electrical Hazard? http://www.sos-electricals.co.uk/blog/what-are-the-signs-of-electrical-hazard/ Mon, 06 Nov 2017 11:02:19 +0000 http://www.sos-electricals.co.uk/?p=17001 Electricity has been said to be a very good servant; but a terrible master! Electrical accidents at home or in the work place can be costly. At best, they can cause a scare or minor damage to electrical appliances. At worst, they can cause massive damage as well as loss of life. This is why electrical hazards should be nipped in the bud as soon as they are noticed. Never wait for an electrical fault to become serious before you have it repaired. And better still, never attempt to repair electrical faults unless you are a qualified electrician.

  1. Abnormal buzzing sounds; we’ve all experienced these abnormal buzzing sounds when we switch on switches. It could be the normal switch to your bulb, or the hot shower one. Whatever the case, buzzing noises in switches are a common indicator that something is not right. Always get a professional electrician to come and assess the switch and recommend whether anything needs replacement.
  2. Burning or acrid smell; anytime you notice or sense a burning smell especially one that resembles plastic burning, it is recommended that you instantly turn off all power. More often than not, this smell as a result of the cable insulations melting and the next thing that happens is a short circuit. Fires can also occur and spread pretty fast under such circumstances. Faulty cables and other appliances that are inserted in sockets tend to be the greatest causes of electrical related fires.
  3. damaged_wiresDelay in power flow; ever seen a switch that fails to work even after being turned on and you have to really press it in order for it to work? Or that faulty socket where you have to twist and turn your phone charger before the power starts flowing? Such should ring alarm bells in your mind; these could easily cause a short circuit or even damage your home electrical appliances with the fluctuating power surges.
  4. Lights turning themselves off and on; this is a rare occurrence, but one that we should never ignore nonetheless. You’ve probably ever seen some bulbs going on and then off intermittently without anyone switching them on or off. Usually, this is an indicator that there’s a faulty connection somewhere that needs to be fixed. Again, always ensure that a professional electrician rectifies such.
  5. Repeated damage of electrical appliances; although home electrical appliances do get damaged by power surges, this should always be accidental rather than patterned. If your electrical appliances have gotten damaged several times in a span of a few weeks or months, chances are that there is some faulty connection and wiring within the premises. Perhaps you want to consider inviting an electrician to come over and conduct the necessary tests. Such tests will determine among other things, the total amount of voltage flowing in, whether the cables are capable of handling such current, and what may be causing the constant power surges.

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Electrical hazards are best remedied promptly; never wait for an anomaly you’ve noticed to get serious before seeking help. It could be too late.

 

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