When installing items such as out door lights, or working on new construction sites you need to pay attention to safety.
Electric is part of all our every day lives, but it’s also extremely dangerous to those working with it and those around you. Every year 10,000’s of deaths are caused by electrical failure, fires causes by electric installations and electrocutions from professional and DIY enthusiasts.
We have put together this advice with the intention of raising awareness. Please, when working with electric stay safe.
Remember to switch off the mains power at the consumer unit.
Before starting any electrical work, stay safe – get yourself a socket tester (or voltage tester for lighting circuits). They confirm whether circuits are dead and safe to work on.
Check all finished work with a socket tester (or voltage tester for lighting circuits) before using.
For your safety, these products must be installed in accordance with local Building Regulations. If in any doubt, or where required by the law, consult a competent person who is registered with an electrical certification scheme. Further information is available online or from your local authority.
All new and modified installations must comply with the latest IEE Wiring Regulations. Either use an electrician registered with the self certification scheme prescribed in the regulations, or if you carry out the work yourself, you must notify your Local Authority Buidling Control Department to get your work inspected and tested.
Never take risks with electrical safety. Before you start any type of electrical work, you must follow these following safety precautions:
- Switch off the main power at the consumer unit/fuse box. Isolate the circuit you plan to work on by removing the circuit fuse. Put this in your pocket to avoid accidental replacement.
- Or switch off the breaker and lock it if you can.
- Attach a note to the unit to advise you are working on the circuit.
- Check the circuit is dead with a socket tester or voltage tester/meter for lighting circuits.
If you are unsure of what you are doing at any point, seek professional advice.