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How to childproof your home’s electrics

Children are naturally inquisitive, but this is a double-edged sword. Kids enthusiastically explore the world and spend almost every waking hour learning, but these explorations can be incredibly dangerous, and countless tragedies have occurred when children have tried to find out how things work. If your home is now noisy with the pitter-patter of tiny…

How to avoid overloading your extension sockets

It’s all too easy to overload electrical sockets; you may plug extension cables into extension cables without a passing thought, never considering that you may be overloading sockets until you notice a slight burning smell, or your fuse box keeps tripping, or until you’re dealing with an electrical home emergency or even a house fire.…

How to repair a fuse in a fuse box

Before you start, you should turn off all the electrical appliances and other electrical items in your home, including your lights and possibly even your boiler, as you have a blown fuse because you are either overloading your sockets, or because an electrical item is broken. Please see the video below for advice on how…

My fuse box keeps tripping – help!

A fuse box that keeps tripping indicates that you have a faulty electrical item or faulty wiring somewhere in your home. Working out what is wrong is largely a process of elimination, and you can usually narrow down the problem yourself. Why does my electricity keep tripping? Well, RCDs, or Residual Current Devices, look out…

How to choose a competent electrician

Do you need emergency electrical repairs? Are you extending or renovating your home? If you’re looking for an electrician who can work on your home and achieve legally-required standards, check the Competent Persons Register. This was set up by the UK government to allow businesses and individuals to certify that their work confirms with Building…

Why have my electrics gone off?

Dozens of different factors can see you end up with no electricity in the house, and not all of these issues are home emergencies. Some of these problems are far easier to resolve than others, but you may be able to deal with the majority of electrical breakdowns. Some of the most common causes of…