Chose the right extention cord

Choose the Right Extension Cord for the Job When the nearest electrical outlet is so close, yet so far away, an extension cord can put the power right where you want it. But there’s a big difference between bringing a cell phone charger to your bedside and firing up a treadmill in front of your…

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Changes to fuse board regs

There surely cannot be a single electrician in the country to have missed the third electrical amendment to the 17th edition IET Wiring Regulations.  The proposed changes to consumer fuse board units were extensively discussed way before they were implemented this January.  In fact, there’s been 12 months to contemplate the BS 7671:2011 amendment, which…

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The importance of pat testing

The Importance of PAT Testing PAT testing of electrical appliances needs to be an important part of any health & safety policy. The Health & Safety Executive advise that all electrical appliances within all rentable residential  properties and all commercial premises undertake annual PAT testing. With the influx of cheap electrical goods from foreign countries…

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Solar Panels, Connectors Recalled

Two solar products have been recalled, one for fire hazard and the other for electric shock hazard. On March 28, SolarWorld recalled connectors sold with solar panels. Then on April 13, Bosch Solar Services recalled solar panels. The connectors, Amphenol UTX PV model connectors sold with solar panels, can develop microscopic cracks that allow moisture…

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Revised pat guidance

Revised PAT Guidance Will Require a New Approach The renewed emphasis on a risk based approach to workplace electrical safety testing will undoubtedly pose a significant challenge for the PAT sector, says a leading test instrument manufacturer. However, the Seaward Group also says that recently updated PAT advice creates major new opportunities for those PAT…

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Landlord legal obligations

Landlord Legal Obligations to Electrical Safety There is currently no law that states a landlord must perform annual electrical safety checks (or any checks at all), so it’s not quite as cut and dried as Gas Safety regulations in rental properties, which stipulates the landlord is legally obligated to get an annual Gas Safety Certification.…

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