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How to choose an electrical contractor for emergency repair

Just because the work you need is urgent doesn’t mean it’s wise to go with the first electrical contractor you find. Many firms out there offer 24hr call out services – the thing is to take a little time to find the right one for you. It could save you a great deal of trouble in the long run.

Electrical breakdown can be a stressful occurrence, and whether you’re a homeowner, or have a commercial or industrial operation, the quicker things get fixed the better.

Remember – electrical services are there to deal with urgent situations, if someone’s life is in danger for any reason, you should call the emergency services straight away.

So when you are looking for the right contractor to solve your electrical problem don’t forget to check for:

  • NICEIC accreditation: this UK wide scheme ensures a standard of qualification and competency of its members and is a good start.
  • Local affiliations to organisations such as the Chamber of Commerce offer further assurance as to the character and reputation of the firm.
  • Check that an electrician is actually available on call out – there’s no use waiting hours if you need someone ASAP.
  • Get quotes: not all emergency call out rates are the same and it’s helpful to have this information when making a decision – and make sure the charging structure is transparent and open to questioning if needs be.

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Once you’ve found a good electrical contractor to deal with your electrical emergency you can feel reassured and know that your urgent problem will be resolved by professionals very soon.

Here at SES we know the stress that interruption to your electrical systems or appliances can cause, and whether you’re at home or at work, we can deliver quality work at a fair price, 24hrs a day.

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Electrical Fires Remain a Big Problem

Electrical fires still account for over 20,000 accidental fires in UK homes every year despite increasing publicity about electrical safety, Part P and the importance of only using a registered electrician Hereford homeowners know they can trust.

Every day a new electrical fire is reported in the news and the devastating consequences are all too often serious damage to property or even death. Simply entering ‘electrical fires UK’ into Google reveals the true scale of the horror. The outcome of investigation is almost always the same: fire caused by electrical fault in the property.

What is meant by electrical fault and how can the electrician Leominster, Ledbury and Hereford householders employ make a difference?

This can mean anything from faults caused by the deterioration of aging cable, to DIY electrical work that has been carried out incorrectly. It can also refer to the risks people take with electricity, such as extension leads that are overloaded or electric heaters used incorrectly. Worryingly the chance of an electrical fire is exacerbated by homeowners using disreputable tradesmen. The message is clear: avoid any unregistered electrician Ledbury wide or across the UK.

In fact a recent survey by the Electrical Safety Council revealed that a quarter of UK households had employed an unregistered electrician Hereford, Ledbury or Leominster based, to carry out work in their home.

Electrical Lighting – Top Cause of Electrical Fires

Electrical lighting is in the top 5 causes of electrical fires. Only on Monday, a kitchen ceiling was destroyed in a bungalow fire in Preston. The cause was a light fitting that had ignited ceiling joists.

A subject very close to the heart of electricians is the correct installation of down lighters, which can quickly become a fire hazard if installed incorrectly. They are also a significant cause of house fires every year in the UK due to dangerous or incorrect installation.

Down lighters are a risk because they heat up very quickly and can ignite materials such as insulation, roof joists, dust and other debris around them.

11% of electrical fires are caused by faults in installation or by people not following the manufacturer’s instructions properly. Make sure you avoid the risks of down lighters by only trusting an electrician Leominster homeowners can guarantee is fully registered.

Other Top Causes of Electrical Fires

Electrical cooking appliances, laundry appliances, portable heaters and TVs remain the biggest cause of electrical fires every year. According to the Department for Communities and Local Government fire statistics 2008; faulty appliances alone cause £41.6 million of damage per year with electric cookers and lighting the biggest contributors at £24 million and £13 million respectively.

Many of these fires are caused by misuse of the appliances and between them cause 12,000 fires and almost 3000 injuries every year.


The recommendation to householders is to have their wiring checked by a qualified and registered electrician at least once every 10 years for home-owners and every 5 years or change of occupancy for landlords by having an EICR carried out on the property.

A local firm with a demonstrable reputation such as SES can provide a fully qualified and registered electrician Ledbury customers can trust to keep them safe.

Appliances should be kept clean, maintained and used in accordance to the manufacturer’s instructions.

If there is any doubt over the safety of any electrical appliance or fitting, switch off and do not use until a qualified registered electrician has inspected it.

Top 5 Electrical Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the difference between AC and DC, and which is safer?

DC or direct current is an electrical current where electrons flow in one direction only. In AC, or alternating current the flow changes direction. All electrical currents are dangerous above a certain voltage, and care should be taken to avoid contact.

The risk to health that either an AC or DC current can carry varies according to each set of circumstances, although the different types of current do present different problems. All electrical installations should be approached with Safety First in mind, and any electrical work carried out by a qualified electrician.

  1. What is the best way to ensure the safe functioning of my electrical equipment?

Regular testing and/or inspection is the best way to make sure your electrical appliances are safe. The kind of testing and the frequency will depend on the nature of the equipment, and the environment it is used in:

  • Avoid leaving too long between checks – this reduces the risk of an item being used in an unsafe state.
  • Based on the risks of each item, a decision should be made about how often checks need to be done. A qualified electrician will be able to advise you on this.
  • Always keep records on each electrical appliance noting how often testing or inspection should be carried out, and confirming the date and outcome of each test.
  • Specialised equipment should be inspected by a relevant expert: the manufacturer, their repair agency, or a specialist servicing company.
  1. How can I ensure the safety of my electrical installation?

There are electrical contractors who can undertake rigorous testing of your wiring and electrical infrastructure to make sure it is fault free, fitted with up to date safety mechanisms and capable of withstanding the demands of its use.

These companies will be registered with a trade body such as NICEIC (National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting).

There are devices available called socket testers that claim to find faults in your wiring, but they are not universally able to detect all kinds of fault, and could give the impression that your electrical installation is safe, when it isn’t. The only way to be 100% safe is to employ the services of a qualified and reputable specialist electrician.

  1. What is the best source of advice on electrical safety?

For most electrical installations and equipment a qualified electrical contractor should be able to answer all your questions. If you are looking for advice on an industrial installation, or any other more specialised area, you may need to find an electrical engineer with suitable expertise.

  1. At what voltage does electricity become dangerous?

Any shock over 50 volts can cause direct injury, but smaller voltages can be dangerous too. Car batteries can catch fire if shorted, and even a low voltage domestic battery can cause a spark serious enough to present a fire or explosion risk in the right environment.

The momentary loss of control caused by any shock can lead to accidents with machinery or falls.

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