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Home Electrical safety

Electrical current in homes has enough power kill. Care should be taken with electrical appliances and repairs should only be carried out by professional electricians.

Take time to check your current fuse board and wiring is safe. Older fuse boards dated before 1960’s have little protection from electric shock, unlike the protection new 17th edition fuse boards will have.

Electricity is the motion of electrons moving through a conductor – this is electrical current. Material like metal is a conductor as it allows electrical current to travel through it. Electrical current must form a loop between the device and the power supply in order to work. If the path between electrical current is broken then electrical current can not exist.

People are often injured when an electrical current or circuit is broken as electricity will always try to find the easiest path back to the source and, because people are more conductive than earth, the current will try to flow through us to complete the loop if there is no other easy route.

This can cause either mild electric shock – possible muscle contractions and startling depending on the voltage of the source, thermal burns – from the heat generated, or even fatal electrocution – when the current travelling through the body affects signals between the brain and muscles, including the heart.

Always hire a licensed electrician for repairs. And follow these simple safety rules:

If your fuse board has a wooden back board, ceramic or cast iron switches, or a mixture of fuses then it is likely it dates to before the 1960s and will need replacing. A qualified electrician will be able to advise you on updating your fuses.