Health Check continued

  • Outdoor use - An RCD is essential when using appliances outdoors such as lawn mowers and jet washers. These can be lifesavers if a fault occurs and will disconnect the supply in a matter of milliseconds.
  • Round pin plug sockets - Round pin plug sockets are also a sign of age within an electrical installation. If a dwelling has these types of socket outlets then an inspection will be needed tp determine whether the installation meets current regulations.
  • Sockets on skirting boards - Sockets on skirting boards may not indicate that it is an old installation. However, sockets at very low level are liable to damage and could expose a live conductor. It may also be difficult inserting plugs in to low sockets.
  • Braided light pendants - These types of light fittings are a sure sign of an old installation in need of modernisation.
  • CPC's - Circuit Protective Conductors (CPC's) should be apparent in all circuits to provide protection against faults and shock. Commonly, older lighting circuits do not have a CPC within the cable and it is often found that metal, Chrome and Brass switches are in use, thus creating increasing the chance of shock.
  • Mechanical protection - Cables used externally should ideally be protected by some form of mechanical protection. For example, a cable running along the garden feeding pond pumps or garden lighting should be wired using Steel Wired Armour Cable (SWA) giving the cable added protection from damage.
  • Bathroom lighting, showers - Circuits contained within a room with a shower or bath are in need of added protection via their own RCBO. An RCBO is similar to an RCD and will disconnect the supply under a fault condition.
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