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Electrical Earthing and Bonding

Electrical Earthing and Bonding

You may have heard these terms used before and wondered in amazement about the glamorous lifestyle of a qualified electrician in Sleaford! But what actually is electrical earthing and bonding?

Before we start, the first thing to mention is the huge importance of the electrical and bonding arrangements. They are a highly essential safety element in your home. If you are having any additions or alterations made to an electrical installation, they are one of the things that your electrician must check, as the safety of the work carried out depends on them.

Earthing is essentially used to protect you from an electric shock. If there is a fault with an electrical installation or appliance, it could become live. If you then touch a live metal part (for example the metal case on a washing machine, cooker or fridge/freezer), you could get a nasty shock. This is because the electricity is using your body as a path from the live part to the earth part.

Do I need a new Fusebox?

Do I need a new Fusebox?

This is a question we get asked a lot in and around Sleaford. It’s completely understandable that clients might question this when their fusebox has been quietly working away in the background, not causing them any issues for years.

However, just because something has been working, it doesn’t mean it’s safe. What was considered the best twenty years ago may now be obsolete and in a few cases actually unsafe. Take the use of asbestos for instance.

Replacing your fusebox will improve the standard of safety in your home, and therefore protect you and your family.

In 2008 the electrical wiring standards and regulations changed meaning all circuits required a Residual Circuit Device (RCD) protection by law. AN RCD is a life saving device which is designed to prevent you from getting a fatal electric shock if you touch something live. Having a modern consumer unit (fusebox) fitted with RCDs gives you the best protection because they usually cover all the wiring, sockets and appliances in your home.

Downlighting

Kitchen downlights install in Sleaford

As we approach the time where the evenings are drawing in, many of us start to pay more attention to the lighting in our homes.

Downlights are a popular and attractive way to brighten up your home. However, poorly installed downlights are also the cause of a substantial number of fires in homes every year.

Also known as “recessed luminaries”, "spotlights" or Recessed Lighting" they are essentially light fixtures installed in hollow openings, usually ceilings. By installing them into these recesses, the light looks as if it is part of the ceiling instead of hanging down as a separate entity.

When a hole is cut into a ceiling to mount a recessed downlight, a potential fire hazard is created. This is why it is recommended that you always use a registered electrician to install any downlights.

So, can you get different types of downlights?

Yes you can.

Downlights operate at mains voltage (230 Volts) or are powered by a transformer at extra-low voltage (12 Volts).

Extra-low voltage (ELV) downlights are often described as "low voltage" or “safety extra low voltage” (SELV).

Stay safe in your kitchen in Sleaford

Kitchen Electrical Safety in Sleaford

More than half of all accidental house fires start in the kitchen. Last year, nearly 5,500 electrical fires were reported in British domestic kitchens – that’s 15 every single day.

Even more worrying is the fact that over 70 casualties and fatalities per month were reported as a result. Most of these were due to people misusing electrical appliances, so it’s important that you take extra special care when using them.

Here are our top 14 tips to ensure you keep safe in the kitchen:

Are you a Landlord in Sleaford in the private rented sector?

Are you a Landlord in Sleaford in the private rented sector?

If so, are you aware of the recent legislation that came into effect in June 2020?

It states that all rental properties need to have the electrical installations in their properties checked at least every 5 years.

There are currently over 4 million households in the private rented sector so this is an important step in improving electrical safety.

These periodic inspections will highlight any problems or defects that need to be fixed in order to make the installation safe.  They will need to be carried out by a qualified electrician.

Checks will include identifying any potential fire risks and hazards including overloaded circuits or equipment, and finding any defective electrical work.

The electrician will then issue an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) that includes details of the inspection and any recommendations for action.

It is a Landlord’s responsibility to ensure the following: 

Got a Power Cut in Sleaford? Here’s what to do:

Got a Power Cut in Sleaford?  Here’s what to do:

Power cuts can occur for a variety of reasons such as a storm or a cut power line. Not only do they cause us inconvenience, they can also be highly dangerous. Here are a few tips to keep you safe:

  • Check if your neighbours still have power. If their power has gone too, it could be a sign that there has been a local power cut. If this is the case, contact your network distributor. If your neighbours do have power but you still don’t, it’s likely there is a problem with the fuses or trip switches in your home.
  • Check your trip switch and fuses - Your trip switch should be on or near your fuse box/consumer unit. If the trip switch is off, try switching it back on. If it switches off again, this could indicate that one of your appliances may be faulty, so unplug all appliances and reset the trip switch. The best thing to do in this situation is to call an approved electrician. They will be able to inspect your system and repair any faults straight away, giving you peace of mind.

The importance of your Fusebox

Do you trust your electrician?

local, reliable and trustworthy electricians in Sleaford

Unfortunately this scenario crops up quite often when I go out to visit clients.

I hear often that electricians turn up hours after they had arranged, or in some cases not at all. This understandably leads to much frustration on the customers part and a general distrust of electricians in general.

I have to say that this kind of 'problem' is very common within the trade. Marshall Sadler Ltd however pride ourselves on a professional service and we understand that time is very valuable.

We offer full flexibility with our appointments – there is no need for you to take time off work and wait in for us.

Are you charging your mobile phone correctly?

Are you charging your mobile phone correctly?

A mistake that most of us are probably guilty of making is how we charge our mobile phones. Phone batteries have a habit of going flat at the most inconvenient of times.The best way to charge a phone is on a flat surface which is dry and free from soft furnishings. However, this can also mean that you might miss an important phone call or can't continue with that live chat in comfort!

This can lead to dangerous methods of phone charging which leaves the phone at risk of overheating and fire. A young girl was electrocuted whilst charging her phone as she was in the bath. This highlights why we do not have electrical sockets in the bathroom (that's for another blog post!).

When charging your phone can be dangerous?

As electricians in Sleaford, we have seen an increase in damaged sockets where the wrong type of charger ha been used when charging items such as smartphones.Typically this is when universal chargers are being used which are not compatible with the type of phone being charged.

Electrical Testing Advice for Landlords

Electrical Testing Advice for Landlords

Plans for mandatory five-year electrical safety checks in the private rental sector in England have finally been confirmed by the UK government.  This move, which requires further legislation, means that all landlords will be required to have an electrical installation condition report (EICR) or electrical safety report on their property(s) by a registered electrician.


This will be the same as the current rulings for landlords in Scotland, where rental safety standards are currently much stricter than the ones in the rest of the UK. The idea is that the safety reports will begin initially with all new tenancies, with existing rentals following later.

These mandatory electrical checks come at the end of years of campaigning by consumer and safety groups such as Electrical Safety First and NAPIT. These new measures will reduce the risk of faulty electrical equipment, giving people peace of mind and helping to keep them safe in their homes. It will also provide clear guidance to landlords on who they should be hiring to carry out these important electrical safety checks.

Does this affect me ?

Electrical Safety Landlord responsibilities in Sleaford, Lincolnshire

Market place, Sleaford

We carry out electrical work for many landlords in Sleaford and the surrounding villages and it is a real pleasure to be working with you, in fact we love this area of work as it is ensuring each landlord meets their legal obligations to their homes and tenants in terms of electrical safety.

The vast majority of landlords nowadays are keen to ensure that their tenants are happy- its not just the legal aspect, its the moral aspect in doing the right thing- 'Treat others as you wish to be treated' is an age old saying that we live by each day.