Newsflash… electricity can kill! The uncomfortable truth about electrical accidents is that they happen and are reported more frequently than you think. The severing of electric cables whilst gardening and doing DIY as well as faulty wiring or appliances are usually to blame and are the most common cause of fires in UK homes. One of the ways in which lives can be saved is through the use of RCD protection, yet more than 50% of us (in other words, 13 million homes) do not possess RCD protection.
Why an RCD is essential to you
An RCD is a protective safety device which detects changes in the proper flow of electric current and immediately cuts power in the event of a fault or severed cable which could present electrocution. A modern RCD usually provides good coverage of all the wiring, sockets and appliances in your premises. It gives far more protection than solely having ordinary fuses and circuit breakers.
What kind of RCD should I have?
- RCD in your fuse-box – will provide the highest degree of protection to your family and home as it encompasses the entire wiring system of your installation including sockets and appliances operating on circuits. Often referred to as a ‘Whole Home RCD Protection’.
- Plug-in RCD – can be plugged into any socket and will protect you if a problem arises when using a particular appliance. You can get it from most home-improvement stores and garden centres.
How long has RCD protection been in place?
RCD protection has been in existence for many years and it is an important development in home safety but, as with most things in life, they cannot guarantee 100% protection. Even with them in your home, it is imperative that you still treat electricity with care. All new builds are required to have RCD’s installed but there is no obligation to have them fitted into older properties. However, with the advancements in electrical technology and the increase in the use of electricity, everyone needs to be aware of the dangers of electricity and take necessary precautions to prevent injury or death.
Our RCD upgrade service guarantees
- Experienced, fully qualified City & Guilds electricians to ensure expertise
- CRB vetted electricians
- Full range of tests to BS 7671 (2011)
- Easy-to-use guidance information on RCD operation and usage
- We are SAFEcontractor accredited and a registered member of the NICEIC and the Government Standard Trustmark. The NICEIC is the leading electrical regulatory body in the UK.
- All our engineers wear smart ACtest uniforms and always strive to work in harmony with our clients!
If you would like an RCD upgrade quotation, please complete the quotation form on the left or call us now!
My electrics keep tripping frequently
If your electrics trip frequently, it probably means you have a faulty appliance or a fault in your wiring system – Electrical Installation Condition Reports are a good way of determining faulty fixed wiring – and it might be worth contacting us to investigate.
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