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All electrical installations such as cables and wirings will deteriorate over time. However, most homeowners often overlook their electrical wires or electrical cable connection system. And typically, they will only call an electrician for inspection when the problem has already occurred, such as a tripped breaker or fuse has been blown. It is not new that faulty electrical wiring is a common cause of house fire, severe injuries, or, worst, fatalities.
Having a regular inspection, electrical inspection, and testing or maintenance is one of the most essential to keep your home safe and prevent any electrical hazards. Electrical safety should be a priority in every household as nobody wants to put our loved one's life at risk or get our property damaged due to faulty electrical wiring.
A proper domestic electrical inspection and testing will:
- Determine lack of grounding or earthing.
- Able to identify the risk of potential electrical shocks.
- Deleted defective circuits or wirings made by DIY or non-professional electricians.
- Able to reveal any overloaded electrical circuits.
- Change appropriate fuse or breaker capacity that may cause a fire.
- Identify or determine electrical cables and components that might degrade over time.
- Will check your entire wiring system based on their electrical inspection checklist.
When to have an Inspection For Electrical Safety?
- When you are purchasing a new home, it is always best to call a certified electrician to conduct an electrical home safety inspection checklist to ensure that it is safe before moving.
- If you live in a home or building that is more than 25 years old and has not had a comprehensive electrical inspection even once.
- During any renovation of your home, whether minor or major renovation.
- If you notice any fluctuation or power or flickering lights while using any electrical appliance in your home.
Domestic electrical inspection and testing are essential and must be carried out every ten years or every time you add any electrical appliance to your home.
The typical electrical home electrical problem includes:
Damage or Cut Extension Cords
If anyone touches the cut or damaged cord, it will cause electrocution, burn, or even death, especially children.
Broken or Damage Light Switch
This issue is very common to every household; it can also lead to fire and electrocution; you can temporarily turn off the circuit breaker to avoid accidents or accidentally switch on the light.
Loose Plug or Outlet
This issue can damage household appliances or cause a fire due to an unstable supply of power from the system.
Some of the home appliances can cause short electrical circuits and frequently trip the breaker. If this issue is left without any preventive actions, it can lead to burst and fire hazards.
Dimming or Flickering Lights
This issue indicates poor electrical connection and can lead to arcing and fire hazards. In addition, the corroded or loose electrical connection can cause flickering of light and fluctuation of power supply, resulting in overheating or fire.
Dead outlets may be due to excessive heat of the circuit breaker that causes a wire or outlet to melt up and trigger a trip or cut off the power supply.
All of these electrical issues must be addressed as soon as possible by a certified electrician to avoid severe problems it might bring.
Home Electrical Safety Inspection Checklist:
- Proper labeling and grouping of wire, cable, and connection in the distribution panel.
- All sockets, fixtures, switches, and outlets are working and in good condition, and not overloaded.
- All RCDs, circuit breakers, and fuse suitability and operating appropriately and adequately installed.
- Ensure wiring methods are updated for current practical use.
- All wires and cables in good condition and no deterioration such as tear and wear.
- Switchgear suitability such as RCDs, MCBs, etc.
- Proper earthing and grounding system.
- Adequate grouping of wire and circuit.
- Adequate insulation of all electrical systems in locations near wet.
- Adding permanent fitting to reduce necessary cord extensions.
A regular electrical system safety inspection is a must. It should be a top priority whether you are buying, renting, or every household to ensure safety from unwanted electrical hazards leading to fire and injuries. It is an essential part of evaluating your home or commercial spaces. Phase 1 Electric can help to determine and assess all your electrical inspection and testing, and recommendations.