Posts tagged “Electrical safety”

During the summer holidays a family camping trip might be ideal. However, it’s important to know how to stay safe around high voltage electricity while you’re getting closer to nature. 
 
With overseas travel disruption expected in airports, on trains and roads, a ‘staycation’ might be an attractive alternative this summer. However, outdoor activities like camping and flying kites can expose your family to electrical risks. 
Families need to take care when camping near overhead power cables
The NFU is working to raise awareness of electrical safety for farmers
Electrical power providers, UK Power Networks, is working with the National Farmers’ Union to make farmers more aware of the importance of electrical safety. 
 
Ahead of the harvest season safety advisors will be attending a series of NFU-led events from 23 June at farms across the East of England including Suffolk, Norfolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire. The aim is to reach around 700 farmers with important health and safety messages. 
Government plans to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050 will change our homes. 
 
New technology is creating a web of interconnected challenges and risks. At the same time the UK has the oldest housing stock in Europe. 
 
As we rely more and more on electricity and connectivity there’s a risk that electrical safety won’t be given the attention it deserves as part of the process. 
Now power poles across the East of England have a unique number and QR code to help keep people safe
UK Power Networks, who own and maintain electricity cables and lines across London, the South East and East of England, has introduced a new safety feature to their electricity poles. 
 
You will now see unique six-digit numbers and quick response (QR) codes on almost half a million electricity poles in the East of England. 
High-rise buildings should have electrical safety checks
Electrical Safety First and many other commentators have said they are disappointed that the recently published Building Safety Bill doesn’t propose mandatory electrical safety checks in high-rise buildings. 
 
Earlier this year a tower block in East London was badly damaged and residents were evacuated after a fire caused by a faulty consumer unit. 
 
In many high-rise blocks there will be a mix of privately rented, social and owner-occupied flats. Without mandatory electrical safety checks for all of them electrical safety and the associated fire risks can depend on the type of tenure for each flat and the awareness of occupants. 
If you are working on a property renovation or refurbishment project then Building Regulations will probably apply to your wiring work and electrics. 
 
If your electrics aren’t properly installed, they can be a fire hazard and could lead to injury or electrocution. That’s why they have been brought into the Building Regulations under Part P
House being rewired
flames in a fire
The fire resistance of insulated cables plays an important part in building safety. 
 
It must be easy for building designers, specifiers, and contractors to identify and install suitable cables that can survive real-life fire conditions. 
Do you like to mend things when they are broken? 
 
In Europe there’s now a ‘right to repair’ (R2R) movement. It argues that technical information and genuine parts should be widely available, allowing people to mend their appliances. However, manufacturers say that these should only be supplied to qualified professional repairers. 
Electrical device being repaired
September is National Home Improvement Month (NHIM) which aims to encourage homeowners in the UK to start home improvement projects. 
 
The NHIM challenge is for people to #makeonechange in their home. 
 
Last year, over 17 million adults across the UK made changes to their homes. With many of us spending more time at home than expected this year, even more are expected to start some home improvement projects. 
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