If Electrical Safety First wins support for their plans to improve electrical safety in the home, PAT testing style electrical checks could be a common feature in all households. Image by SpeedKingz (via Shutterstock).
Regular PAT testing (Portable Appliance Testing) has been a feature of good business practice for almost three decades. In the light of the Grenfell Tower fire, Electrical Safety First has called for a similar policy for domestic customer. The charity has called for the introduction of free, mandatory, electrical checks for all households.
Like PAT testing in an industrial setting, Electrical Safety First has called for a similar approach with fridge freezers. It has been stated that 1,873 house fires in England alone have been caused by electrical appliances. The ESF has written to Consumer Minister, Margot James. They propose extra powers for ALMOs (Arms Length Management Organisations) and Local Authorities, to allow free mandatory safety checks. These could include lighting and mains sockets as well as electrical appliances in each home.
Besides electrical checks, there are other ways of preventing electrical fires. Such as not overloading your 4-way adaptor and extension lead. Also, switching portable heaters off and unplugging whilst not in use. If you’re a child of the 1980s, this was why Redvers Kyle or Paul Lally used to tell you to switch off the television set at closedown (unplugged of course). The cathode ray tube and the circuits of your rented telly were a fire hazard.
We at Mertech Electrical are right behind Electrical Safety First’s plans. With the UK having one of the world’s safest electrical supply networks, and the National Grid, we can be too complacent. Especially in the home, even more so when we charge our phones or portable devices overnight.
Mertech Electrical, 7 July 2017.