Safeguard Electrical Engineering Ltd, a local electrical engineering company, are donating 10% of all earnings from fire safety checks to the Grenfell Tower charity fund to help the victims and their families. Fire prevention safety checks include things such as upgrading fuse boards, portable appliance testing and fixed-wire testing. Safeguard Electrical Engineering have also published a free paper on fire prevention advice to help stop another tragedy like Grenfell Tower happening again. Anyone who would like a free copy of this paper simply needs to call them on 01480 811 700 or email them at [email protected] Matthew Evans, Managing Director of Safeguard Electrical Engineering Ltd commented: “As electricians, we feel it is our duty to make sure as many people as possible are aware of the warning signs of faulty electrics. We’ve put together a paper on fire safety. It’s something simple we thought we could do to help prevent a disaster in the future. This way we can help educate people, encourage more homes and businesses to carry out fire safety tests and help raise money for the victims of the Grenfell Tower disaster.”
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We’re proud to announce that we’re sponsoring Chatteris Town FC this season. During the 2017/18 season, the first team will be competing in the Kershaw Premier division for their second successive season after achieving promotion in the 2015/16 season. They also won a famous cup treble. This season, the team aspire to win promotion for the Thurlow Nunn 1, the eastern counties football league in addition to becoming more involved with community and youth football schemes in the town. Our sponsorship money will go towards improving their grounds at West Street. We wish them every luck this season. You can follow them on Twitter and Instagram @ChatterisTownFC
Refer a friend to Safeguard Electrical Engineering and, when they sign up to use one of our services, you'll each receive a £25 Love2Shop voucher in the post. This isn't just for one friend, this is for every friend you refer. These vouchers can be spent in thousands of shops and online so you can quickly save up money to put towards a new TV, a holiday or a sharp new wardrobe. To see where you can spend these vouchers, simply visit www.love2shop.co.uk To refer a friend, simply call us on 01480 811 700 or email us with both yours and your friend's contact details.
Your guide to the NICEIC platinum promise - assurance of quality workWhen it comes to improving the electrics in your home or business, choosing an NICEIC or ELECSA registered contractor is a householder’s best option. The NICEIC are the National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting, one of several organisations that regulate the training and work of electrical enterprises in Britain.All NICEIC and ELECSA registered businesses are covered by the NICEIC’s Platinum Promise – a promise that protects you against all non-compliant installation work. Should any work carried out by one of their contractors be found not to comply with the Building Regulations or relevant installation standards, they can instruct the contractor to go back and carry out the work to the required standard. If the contractor is no longer in business or disputes the matter they will have the work rectified by another registered contractor at no extra cost.The Platinum promise is valid for up to six years from the date of the completion of the original work and covers work up to a maximum of £25,000 for any one installation.The NICEIC know how important it is for you to feel confident in the work carried out in your home or business. Platinum Promise is an assurance that choosing an NICEIC or ELECSA registered installer is always the best option.It goes without saying, Safeguard Electrical Engineering are an NICEIC approved contractor.TO FIND A REGISTERED ELECTRICIAN IN YOUR AREAVISIT niceic.com or elecsa.co.uk OR CALL 0843 290 3439.
Our company is expanding and we are very busy working with a number of high-profile brands known worldwide. Opportunities have arisen for qualified electricians to join our team and work on these exciting projects. Our word-of-mouth recommendation and reputation mean everything to us, so the right person for the role will be skilled, personable and a good communicator. They must take pride in their work, be flexible and have good time management skills. We are looking for people who will grow with our company, and are looking to further their career. Training, responsibilities and promotions will be looked at favourably for the right candidates. About us Safeguard Electrical Engineering are a conscientious, 21st-century electrical installation, inspection and maintenance company that strives for high quality work with an attention to detail that means our customers feel truly looked after. Based near St Neots in Cambridgeshire and covering Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire and the surrounding areas, we provide an installation, inspection, testing and reactive maintenance service to commercial, domestic and agricultural customers. Role requirements We are ideally looking for electrical engineers with some experience but we will also consider newly-qualified electricians with the right attitude to work and who are committed to learning. To apply, simply email us your CV or call 01480 811 700 for more information.
How to I reduce my energy bills? Whether for your home or business there are some simple steps you can take to reduce your energy bills. Be aware of ‘stand-by’ mode According to thebalance.com, 75% of the energy used by electronics is consumed when they’re on stand-by or sleep mode. These include TVs, computers and stereos. Be sure to turn them off at the plug. Switch to LEDs Switching to LED lighting is a quick and easy way for homes and businesses to lower energy usage and save money. Lower energy costs, save money. LED lighting uses less electricity for the same light output. Compared to a standard 60W filament bulb, an 11.5W LED uses 81% less energy. At home: If you have 30 lamps/lights on for 10 hours per day, you’ll save approximately £214 every year* or 1783.6 kWh. That’s equivalent to: Businesses: For businesses, the cost savings can easily accumulate. Based on having 800 lamps/lights on for 10 hours per day, a business will save circa £17,122 every year* or 142,688 kWh. That’s equivalent to: Prevent heat loss People mostly think of their heating bills in terms of fuel costs but really we pay for lost heat. The lower the heat loss the lower the energy use. Quality insulation is the ideal way to lower heating bills. Choose a cool wash Most of the energy used by your washing machine goes to heating water. By switching to a cool wash or reducing the temperature, you can reduce your energy bill a lot. Don’t over-charge The Telegraph advise that another way to avoid unnecessary energy costs is by unplugging mobile phones and tablets. More than 12 million households charge up their gadgets overnight, with 22 million needlessly charged every day. Gareth Kloet, Head of Utilities at Confused.com, [...]
Distribution boards (otherwise known as fuseboards) come in various shapes and sizes but you can expect them to look something like the picture above. Distribution boards are made up of breaker switches (MCBs). Counting these will tell you the number of circuits present at your home or business. They may be all in a single board or a number of boards in different locations. NB: You do not need to count the separate RCD switches or the red double-width main switches in this. On some boards, there will be triple-width breakers known as 3-phase breakers.These also need to be included in your count, as 3-phase circuits.
We recently had a phone call from a damsel in distress and for once is wasn’t our MD’s fault - it was her electrician’s. Her electrical engineer wouldn’t provide her EICR certificate for the work he had carried out until she paid him. We know this is against NICEIC’s (a leading governing body of the electrical industry) policy. Unfortunately, we couldn’t provide her with a certificate without completely re-doing the work ourselves. We did, however, talk her through how to report this electrician to the NICEIC and how to check for a reputable electrician. This instance is minor compared to come of the botched jobs we’ve had to fix. These usually stem from electrical engineers failing to install equipment to manufacturer’s instructions or wiring to regulatory standards. The customer is typically oblivious until something stops working properly or becomes dangerous. How do faulty jobs occur? There’s a major industry shortage in general throughout all trades. With the electrical engineering trade, those new to the profession are often mistaken about the wages they’ll initially be earning with large pound signs in their eyes. In reality, getting an official qualification after four years of studying is only the start of the process of becoming an electrical engineer. It takes time to work up to a higher wage bracket. Consequently, young electrical engineers often go for higher paid jobs in large companies where they can be stuck in a job role doing the same thing each day therefore not gaining experience. If they work for a smaller company, they’re not initially on the wages they thought they would be but to gain plenty of experience. This means they often leave and go it alone, setting up as a sole trader with the right qualifications but little experience. Other electrical engineering companies [...]
Find out if your fusebox is more than 10 years old Older fuseboxes (otherwise known as distribution boards) often don’t contain a Residual Current Device (RCD). This is a safety mechanism that monitors the electricity flowing through the circuits. If it detects a fault, the RCD will automatically switch the circuit off to prevent an electric shock or fire due to faulty wiring. New fuseboards also comply with current wiring regulations as they are metal and consequently fireproof when fitted correctly. Older fuseboards are made of plastic and won't contain a fire. If your fuse board is more than 10 years old the fuses may have deteriorated so it is best to get it checked by an NICEIC qualified electrician. Get your portable appliances tested Portable appliance testing is simply making sure electrical appliances such as TVs, computers, refrigerators etc are in good working order. At home this is an option safety check but in the workplace it's a requirement to comply with health and safety regulations. Laptops and phone chargers are a common cause of fires; it's best to get them checked for peace of mind. Fixed-wire testing Fixed wires deteriorate over time so it's important to get them regularly checked. An NICEIC electrician will sport any potential hazards. They will check all parts of your electrical distribution to ensure maximum safety. Fire alarms & smoke detectors To test your fire alarm or smoke detector, simply press and hold the test button and it’ll make a loud, piercing noise. If the sound is quiet or non-existent, please replace the batteries. Your local electrician will be able to test your alarms for you. If you’d like a new fire alarm or smoke detector, your local NICEIC electrician will be able to supply and fit a new alarm from [...]
It can be difficult to know how old the electrics are in your home. There are a few key signs you can look out for which we’ve listed below. However, if you’d like complete peace of mind it’s best to have them inspected by an NICEIC qualified electrician who will let you know of any works that need doing and provide you with a certificate to demonstrate everything is in safe, working order. Top five warning signs your electrics are faulty: 1. Breakers and fuses tripping regularly 2. Overheating fuseboard or appliances 3. Buzzing sound or burning smell 4. Charred or discoloured sockets 5. Getting a shock from switches and sockets