Why Have An Electrical Safety Check? Most of us take electricity in our homes for granted. The cables run inside the walls, and fuse boxes are often hidden away, making it easy to forget that electrical systems do need checking periodically. Cables, switches, socket-outlets, and other accessories deteriorate with use and misuse. There are several signs to look out for that indicate the age of your electrical system:
- Cables coated in black rubber – black rubber was phased out in the 1960’s. Cables coated in lead or fabric are even older. Modern cables use PVc insulation.
- A fusebox with a wooden back, cast iron switches, a haphazard mixture of circuit boxes.
- Older round pin sockets and round light switches, braided flex hanging from ceiling roses to light fittings, black switches,or sockets mounted in skirting boards.
- Wall mounted light switches in bathrooms.
- There are special requirements for electrical installations in bathrooms, so it is essential to check whether your bathroom meets them.
Old style fuseboards such as these can be found in many older properties and do need updating to the latest metal consumer units complete with the latest MCB and RCD protection.