Home Safety

Electrical safety in your home

Earlier this week i shared a post on To our Facebook page if you haven’t been to taker a look follow this link Find Us n Facebook , this post was about cheap chargers for you technology in your home.

a few thing to remember

  • always use a manufactures device
  • always charge in an uncovered area (so not in your bed)
  • charge your devices during the day when you can
  • always check for product recalls on device to ensure safety

If you have any problems or want any more advice contact me your local electrician on the number above


Smoke alarms in your home

Smoke alarms in your home

Many people think they have covered the need for a smoke by sticking up a cheap battery unit from the local DIY shop at the top of the stirs, whilst this is a good start there are a lot more options to use now that can offer better protection for your home. Smoke alarms now come in mains powered and can also be linked together with other alarms throughout  the house this offers much better protection for the whole of your home. These also offer a range of different sensors such as heat, ionisation, smoke and carbon monoxide.

Testing your smoke alarms

The main problem with failing smoke alarms is the human element this mean people fail to test them or for instance in a kitchen area cooking sets of the alarm so people remove the battery or remove the smoke alarms. the easiest thing to do is to test your smoke alarms monthly so on the 1st of each month all you have to do is to press the test button and you will hear the alarm has activated and this will be all you need to know that your alarms are working. if you are at all sure we have a video explaining this on our videos page



Are mains powered smoke alarms required?

Since 1992, building regulations have stated that any property built or substantially modified requires at least one smoke detector that is wired directly to the mains to be installed. This means in short that if you have had any major building works such as loft conversions, extensions or new builds that this is the norm for building control.

Why use Mains powered smoke alarms

smoke alarmsOn average 270 of the people killed in fires each year in the UK didn’t have a smoke detector, while over the last five years more than 70 people have been killed every year because their smoke detector didn’t work – usually because the battery was missing or flat. This wouldn’t happen with a mains-powered smoke detector. Constantly connected, a mains-powered smoke detector is plugged into your home electrical lighting circuit so there’s no batteries to worry about replacing nor no plugs to worry about being unplugged.

Being connected to your home electrical lighting circuit, it’s also possible to have a series of mains-powered smoke alarms installed in your home. Ideal for the hard of hearing and those with larger properties but a worthwhile investment for many others, the activation of one of the smoke detectors will cause the other ones to sound.

Put simply, mains-powered smoke detectors are safer than their battery-powered alternatives. The battery in a battery-powered smoke detector could go flat at any time and if you’re not regularly checking the device you wouldn’t know. This wouldn’t happen with a mains-powered smoke detector as you don’t necessarily turn your electricity off for extended periods of time. If there did happen to be a problem with your electricity, your mains-powered smoke detector wouldn’t be affected as it features a rechargeable battery back-up to ensure it retains power during emergencies.



what should you look for when choosing an NICEIC electrician??

when you are looking for an electrician to work in your home there are many aspects that you should be looking for firstly you should do you research and find some one who is an expert in there field. you can do this by visiting their websites and see what they do not only the work they carry out but also the way they shard their knowledge

  • look for accreditations, Hearson’s electrical are a member of the NICEIC who demonstrates the highest standards in there electrical field, the NICEIC ensure that we carry out our work to a high standard and our work meet all the curre
    electrician in long eaton NICEIC


    nt requirements of the wiring regulations, as well as this they make sure that we look after the customer and ensure that all complaints, technical questions and general communications are to the required standard. https://www.niceic.com/find-a-contractor/why-choose-us

always check for insurance with any tradesmen it is important to check a tradesmen has the correct insurances to be working on your property some times accidents happen and it is re assuring to know that your tradesmen have this cover

always check customer testimonials and ask for examples of work we always place example of our work on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/hearsonselectrical/ there are also customer reviews.

always ensure you have received a written quotation and that you have read the terms and conditions that have been sent with this. it is important that you so receive this as this will ensure you both have the necessary reassurances need to know exactly what work is being carried out. We always issue a full written quote and our terms and conditions that need to be returned to us before any work can commence

I hope this helps you to decide what you should be looking for when finding a trades man


Socket safety covers

What is more dangerous to your child than socket outlets????

I have a 3-year-old daughter who occasionally finds herself on the naughty step which I then tend to find her playing with the plug socket at the bottom of the stairs. I was recommended putting socket covers in my home by a health visitor when my daughter was younger and I still haven’t to this day. As an electrician I know the danger of electricity but still didn’t fit any covers and there is a good reason why, socket covers are not endorsed by any national body including the UK Government, RoSPA, Ofsted, Child Accident Prevention Trust and Electrical Safety First -Electrical Safety Council. I am going to explain to you the danger that these covers can cause and hopefully make you think

A little insight in to the design of a socket outlet

In Britain we have the highest standards in the electrical industry we are governed by regulation changes every few years, constant re training governing bodies such as NICEIC, stroma, Elecsa and NAPIT but one thing that has remained the same since 1947 is the humble socket outlet. The socket and plug was completely redesigned in the 40’s to ensure a safer way to use your outlets in your home A few of the requirements when the socket outlet was design was that socket outlets should protect young children, this was to be achieved in two ways.

One way was to make the holes in the outlets too small for children’s fingers to fit inside and that the live conductors were obstructed by being recessed deep enough that even in you could put the tip of a finger in the socket it would be in deep enough to touch live parts

the second method was to fit shutters to cover the live connections which are only exposed once the earth pin of a plug has been inserted. This stops children from inserting metallic objects in to sockets and touching live parts.

Socket covers flaws

It may come as a surprise as many retails specialising in babies and toddlers accessories have these covers on the shelf but none of these covers have been approved to be used on BS:1363 socket out lets the current standard for all sockets and plugs in the UK
A few of the issues are listed

• No socket covers are available which meet the correct dimensions for plugs!
• Anything made to the wrong dimensions may cause permanent damage.
• Socket covers introduce a variety of dangers; they make sockets less safe, not more so.
• Some socket covers have many faults, some just a few, but none makes your sockets safer.
• No responsible national body recommends using socket covers.

Here is a quote from Mark Coles, technical manager for the institute of engineering and technology (the IET write publish the wiring regulations for the UK)
“Socket-outlets to BS 1363 are the safest in the world and have been since they were first designed in the 1940s. Socket protectors are not regulated for safety, therefore, using a non-standard system to protect a long established safe system is not sensible.”
Unlike real 13a plugs the various shapes and designs allow for curious children to insert these socket covers earth pin only (upside down) this will allow access for object to the live parts within.

Socket covers usually are manufactured to look like “dummy” plugs however BS:1363 plugs are made to very precise standards. This can cause:

• Socket contact damage -results in overheating and possible fire
• Socket shutter damage – the shutters will not be able to protect children
• Some socket covers make it possible to poke pins and paper clips into the live parts!
• Broken plastic pins stuck in the earth hole – prevents shutters from closing
• Wrong size pins can make covers easy to remove, some even pop out by themselves!
• Children like to play with socket covers – plugging in upside down opens the shutter and exposes live contacts

I have been to a call out where and badly made and incorrect sized socket cover had been used and cause burning to the socket outlet thus resulting in having to have the socket replaced and a call out charge.
It is a myth that these protectors make things safer for you and your family as a parent myself I have never allowed these in my house I have seen too many broken covers which cause more of a hazard than a socket that has been left alone, it is a myth that children cannot remove these children as young as 5 months have been known to be able to remove these and an 11-month-old can remove these in 2 seconds.
I asked right at the start what is more dangerous than socket outlets in your home hopefully you will see that socket outlets are less dangerous as long as they are left alone. The design themselves are safe and if you do feel the need to have socket covers fitted please make sure you check them regularly

Please share this with people you know with children

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Outside Lighting during the winter months

outside lights security or design but could it be both

Outside of your home has so much potential – it can now be regarded as another room in your home – the last few years have seen rise to people opting for more Stylish outside lights

Decking lighting – and indeed other forms of garden lighting whether this is lighting to sheds and other outbuildings, outdoor lighting, security lighting or perimeter lighting can transform your garden, is relatively low cost to run and nowadays offers many lighting options.

LED lighting is very popular for decking as the lighting can produce dramatic effects and are available in a range of colour options – another advantage to garden lighting is you can choose from different effects that would not be an option within the home. Due to the Increased brightness that it offers for outside lights it increase the security aspect of you out door spaces

Other popular options for garden lighting include low voltage lamps for use on driveways. Many of these lamps enable you to walk over or drive over them without fear of damage. These are known as recessed lighting.

Whatever lighting you opt for, it is important that a qualified, competent electrician installs your outside lights for you especially if you are looking at pond, pool or water feature lighting. Remember that water and electricity do not mix!

I see many dangerous outdoor electrical works on properties . There are increasing numbers of people who are prepared to tinker with outdoor lighting as the perception of fire decreases with outside installations. Remember with outdoor installations, resistance to weather is a must – the correct cables and sockets must be used and these are just the basics.

Only last week I saw outdoor lights installed using cables for use indoors. The cable had been left exposed to the elements and had someone like a child had touched the cable, they would have received an electric shock as the cable had no protection at all.

Incorrect cable also deteriates quickly leading to shock and is dangerous when in use with Outside installations

Always ensure you use the services of a suitably qualified registered electrician to carry out garden lighting and power to outbuildings.

You can then relax and enjoy your social gatherings with friends and family with peace of mind that electrically you are safe.


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Electrical Hazards

Electrical Hazards In The Home by your local electrician

Research available from the electrical safety body, the NICEIC, has found that the public are mostly unaware of the electrical dangers lurking in their homes. Householders that were questioned had electrical hazards in their homes including exposed bare wires, loose cables, old wiring and overloaded sockets.

The research also shows a considerable level of ignorance about the condition of home electrics. 40% of people had no idea about the age of the wiring within their home.  1 in 5 said their wiring was as much as 30 years old. More than half of households did not know how often house wiring should be checked by a qualified electrician. Despite faulty electrics being responsible for an average of 12,500 house fires, 750 serious injuries and 10 deaths each year.

Your electrical system ages and degrades over time and with use, you have an MOT yearly for your car, an occasional medical check-up for yourself and yet you will live in a building. Your home is surrounded by an electrical installation that could potentially be a death trap. A simple Electrical Inspection carried out by a qualified electrician can easily put your mind to rest.

There are two forms of testing that we can carry out by your electrician and each have their own benefits and merits:

A Visual Inspection – A brief look at the main components of your installation, with the electrician providing his/her professional opinion. This would be accompanied with a one or two page report.

A Full Periodic Inspection is a comprehensive inspection and test of your installation, cables will be tested to see if they have degraded since being installed. Accessories and distribution equipment are checked. A full report is  approximately five to six pages often including photographs should be provided. we also provide a full break down of the defects, and remedial actions

A Visual Inspection should cost you between £85 to £100. A Full Periodic Inspection will be between £120 and £150.  Always ensure that you use a qualified and registered electrician.

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