How do I protect my home from a fire?

Smoke Detector

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 a reliable, reputable supplier.

Remember these top five warning signs of faulty electrics:

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