No one hesitates to call an electrician whenever a fault is seen. However, most people will take their electrical wiring safety for granted.
Importance of home electrical safety inspectionAll electrical installations/wiring will deteriorate with age and use. However, most home owners often overlook the wiring condition. At the most, an electrical safety inspection will only be called when a breaker has already been tripped or a fuse has already been blown. It is not surprising that an electrical fault is a common cause for house fires.
Having your electrical wiring inspected is one of the most important things to keep your home safe from electrical hazards. You don't want to risk the lives of your loved ones, nor getting your property damaged due to electrical fires. Therefore, electrical safety should be a top priority in your home.A proper electrical safety inspection will:
- Identify electrical wiring and components that may have degraded over time.
- Reveal if any electrical circuits are overloaded.
- Reveal if any lack of earthing.
- Identify any defective wiring or other mistakes made by non-certified electricians or DIY home-owners.
- Spot oversized fuses or breakers that may cause an electrical fire hazard.
- Find any potential electric shock risks.
When to do home electrical safety inspection?
- When purchasing a home. It is better to ensure that your new home is electrically safe before moving in.
- If your home is more than 25 years old and has not had an electrical inspection.
- If you have had a major renovation to your home.
- If you observe an electrical appliance that is operating erratically, especially if it is much older.
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Home electrical safety inspection checklist
- All light fixtures, sockets, switches are in good condition and working.
- All wires are in good condition without any signs of deterioration, wear and tear.
- All circuit breakers, RCDs etc. are operating properly and fuse elements are appropriately installed.
- Suitability of all switchgear (MCBs, RCDs etc).
- Proper grouping and labeling inside the distribution panel.
- Earthing/grounding system is proper.
- Wiring method is up to date to ensure that it is suitable for current use.
- All wires of a circuit are grouped together.
- Proper insulation of electrical system near wet and damp locations.
- Wires or sockets are not being overloaded.
- Reducing the necessity of extension cords by adding permanent fittings if required.
Electrical safety inspection is must for every household to ensure safety from electrical hazards. Worrying about electrical inspection costs? Well, you may actually save more by preventing repair costs by calling an electrician after a fault has occurred. And it's not just about costs, it could be about lives.