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How dangerous is electricity ? 
Many people have experienced  a brief electric shock at some point in time and lived to tell the tale. An electric shock occurs when the voltage is high enough to cause a current to flow through your body. The minimum current a human can feel is thought to be about 1 millampere (mA). Generally, currents approaching 100 mA  ( 0.1 amps) are lethal if they pass through sensitive portions of the body.
 
What is the risk?
On average annually in the home there are 10 deaths and 750 injuries because of faulty electrics. Electrical faults also cause a further 12,500  fires, resulting in about 25 deaths and 600 injuries each year.
 
How long does electric cable last ? 
Modern PVC cable is rated at 20 years at full load, but because the cable is rarely fully loaded 40 + years is a more realistic figure.  24% of households do not know how old their wiring is. 
 
How often should the electrics be tested ? 
The recommendation is every 10 years but it should be tested more frequently (every 5 years) towards the end of its working life.  40% of households have NEVER had their electrics checked.
 
How long does testing take ?
A typical 3 bedroomed house will take 4 - 6 hours to fully test.  30% of homeowners say that they would NOT pay for an inspection by a qualified electrician..  
 
How safe is my home ? 
If your electrical system has any of the following features it might be a good idea to talk to an electrician. Your home does not have the necessary safety features recommended by the current wiring regulations and is potentially putting you and your family at risk from electric shock or fire.
 
 
  • Fuseboxes - with wooden backs, cast iron switches or a haphazard mixture of circuit boxes
  • Damaged - Cables, Switches, Sockets and other Accessories
  • Cables coated in black rubber (TRS) installed 1945 - 1966 - RE-WIRE
  • Lead sheathed cables installed pre 1948 - RE-WIRE
  • Fabric sheathed cables installed pre 1948 - RE-WIRE
  • Older round-pin sockets - RE-WIRE
  • Braded Flexes - from ceiling roses to light fittings - RE-WIRE
  • Black Round Bakerlite Switches - RE-WIRE
  • Sockets mounted on skirting boards - RE-WIRE
  • PVC Lighting cables with no earth conductor, installed before 1966 - POTENTIAL RE-WIRE REQUIRED
  • Double pole fusing - pre 1950's circuits had a fuse in both the live and neutral - RE-WIRE
  • Mains water pipe being used as an earthing conductor
  • Rewireable Fuses - Modern installations have mini circuit breakers and/or RCD protection for ALL circuits
  • Plugs or sockets getting hot or evidence of scorch marks
  • Fuses that blow regularly
  • Sockets switches or light fittings with wooden back plates
  • Wiring that has been modified in an extensive or dangerous manner
  • Extensive use of extension leads and adapters
  • Consumer units with mini circuit breakers and NO RCD protection
  • Flickering lights