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Posted on October 9, 2023

Fire Prevention Week

This week is Fire Prevention Week, and as electrical contractors, we’re dedicated to ensuring your safety. One crucial way to protect your home or business from electrical fires is through EICRs (Electrical Installation Condition Reports). 

Here are some reasons to consider: 

  • Peace of Mind: Knowing your electrical system is safe provides peace of mind for you, your family, or your employees.
  • Legal Compliance: For landlords and businesses, regular EICRs are often a legal requirement.  
  • Early Detection: EICRs catch issues before they become dangerous, potentially saving lives and property.   
  • Energy Efficiency: An efficient system can reduce energy consumption and lower bills.
  • Resale Value: A safe electrical system can boost the value of your property.  

If you can’t remember when your last EICR was, it might be time for an inspection! Remember, it’s not just about fixing problems, it’s about preventing them!  

 

Socket Overloading

We all rely on electricity every day, but it is crucial to use it safely to prevent fire hazards. Socket overloading can be a concern.  

Plugging too many devices into one socket can lead to overheating and fires!  

Make sure to disconnect chargers and appliances when you are not using them, especially those with heating elements.  

Remember, electrical fires can be prevented with proper care and attention. Ensuring that sockets are not overloaded is the best way to keep homes and businesses safe.  

 

Using Extension Leads Correctly! 
  • Inspect Before Use: before plugging anything in, give your extension lead a quick check for frayed wires or damaged sockets. Safety first! 
  • Unroll Completely: Fully extend your extension lead to prevent overheating. Coiled leads can trap heat and become a fire hazard.  
  • Load Capacity: Know the limits! Don’t overload the extension lead with too many devices. Check the rating in amps and never exceed it! 
  • No Daisy Chains. Avoid daisy-chaining extension leads. Each device should plug directly into the lead, not into each other.  

Using these safely is not about convenience; it’s about keeping your home or business safe!  

 

Smoke Alarms

Did you know that smoke alarms are the unsung heroes of fire safety?! 

They might seem like small gadgets, but they play a huge role in keeping us safe. Here is why they are important: 

  • Early Detection: Smoke alarms are like our silent guardians. They can detect smoke and alert us to a fire in its early stages, giving us precious minutes to escape safely.  
  • Peace of Mind: Knowing that a smoke alarm is watching over you and your loved ones can provide peace of mind.  
  • Property Preservation: Besides saving lives, simple alarms also help minimize property damage by alerting you to a fire when it’s still manageable.  

Make sure you: 

  • Test your smoke alarms regularly to ensure they’re working properly. 
  • Change batteries when needed. 
  • Replace smoke alarms as per manufactures date. 

 

Protecting Lives: Why BAFE Registration Matters…

At GF Electrical Ltd, we’re proud to be BAFE registered, and here’s why it matters: 

  1. Expertise You Can Trust: BAFE registration means we meet rigorous standards for fire safety, ensuring our team is highly trained and experienced.  
  1. Peace of Mind: When you choose us, you’re choosing safety. Our BAFE registration guarantees quality and reliability.  

Maintaining your equipment with regular periodic inspections is essential to ensure they continue to work as designed and that they comply with the current regulations BS5839 and BS5266. 

With our extensive experience in all safety systems; Emergency Lighting, Fire Alarms and AOV, we can keep costs down by maintaining them together. Why have the two even three services/contracts separately? At GF Electrical Ltd, we can handle them both, combining them into the same visit, meaning less disruption and paperwork. 

We have had this accreditation for over 10 years! Remember, fire safety is a shared responsibility! 

 

 


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