We Can't All Be Electricians!

Hi Guys!

I am Katrina, Steve’s wife. I spend a lot of time in the office doing the administration side of the business, leasing with new clients and working on our social media, blogging and website. While Steve and the boys are highly experienced electricians, I most definitely am not! And while I am more than happy to chat with them about jobs, so often what they are talking to me about could just as well be in another language! It is for this reason, I thought that it might be good to do a few blog posts that are more from my “non electrician” perspective and maybe explain a few things that I have picked up along the way.

If you hear the term RCD used, your electrician is talking about a residual current device - or circuit breaker. These are the things that give us some protection from electrocution or electrical faults and overloads that could either damage our appliances, or worse still, cause a house fire. Making sure that we have these guys installed in our home is one of the most important things that you can do. It is important to have these on each of our circuits - but it has only become a law in the last few years, so many homes do not have enough of them. If you are unsure whether you have enough, you can call me on 0755736908 and I can organise for one of our guys to come and take a look for you.

Pictured is the main switch which provides the power. The other four are safety switches. The blue switch at the top of each safety switch is a test button. It is best practise to test these every three months to ensure they are working as they should.

Pictured is the main switch which provides the power. The other four are safety switches. The blue switch at the top of each safety switch is a test button. It is best practise to test these every three months to ensure they are working as they should.

Now, I am sure that all of our homes have smoke alarms and we all know how important they are, however did you know that there are many different types of smoke alarms? There are different smoke alarms for different purposes. For example, thermal smoke alarms can be used near kitchens so that they don’t go off every time you cook. New legislation has meant that all homes need to have smoke alarms and that they should actually be interconnected so that if, God forbid, a fire breaks out you are alerted no matter where you are in your home. Seems really obvious and like a really good idea, however many homes still do not have their smoke alarms interconnected. Many homes also do not have the correct type of smoke alarm installed. It’s not electrical, but one thing that we have done with our children is to discuss and practise our fire escape plan. For more information on this you can check out the qfes website.

Pictured is a photoelectric smoke alarm by QFES legislation, you need to have these in your home.

Pictured is a photoelectric smoke alarm by QFES legislation, you need to have these in your home.

I hope that you have found this article useful - I will write more soon!

Katrina