Electrical Safety in The Home

Electrical Safety in The Home

Your electrical installation should be checked every 10 years by a qualified electrician, but what about in-between times?

We all use electricity in our homes every day without thinking about how safe it is. But the campaigning charity Electrical Safety First estimates that around 70 people are killed, with 350,000 seriously injured annually due to an electrical accident in the home.

For this reason Which? Trusted Traders called us in to help with an article for their website to highlight the regular checks you should be performing on your electrical systems to ensure they are safe.

Read the full article and find out our tips on Electrical Safety in the Home >>


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Tips On Installing LED Lighting

LED lighting is designed to be long-lasting and energy-efficient, potentially saving you money on your bills over time as you use less energy.

As the price of bulbs has fallen significantly over recent years more and more customers are enjoying the benefits of this fantastic technology.

Our customers frequently ask us questions including, how much does it cost, where should I buy my bulbs and why should I consider LED lighting. For this reason Which? recently asked for our expertise to answer these questions and more for an article for their website.

Read the full article and find out our tips on installing LED lighting >>

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The importance of an EICR and why every home needs one

It is recommended that every household should have an EICR at least every ten years, five years if owned by a landlord. If an electrical fault does occur in your property, and you need to make an insurance claim, then you may find yourself in difficulty, as many insurance companies won't accept your claim without these electrical checks having been carried out.

An Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) is a certificate that details the safety of all electrical installations and fittings within your home, as checked by an electrician.

The EICR explained

The EICR comprises of a full check of all fixed wiring and tells the electrician if the electrics are safe, and if they comply with current regulations. What it will do is flag up any potential risks and hazards that could potentially damage your home or you. The checks will include the fuse board, wiring, earth boarding and electrical switches.

What the electrician will do

On arrival, the electrician will complete a visual check and assessment. A series of checks will then be conducted. If a problem is found that poses an immediate danger, then they can carry out a repair, on the spot, to ensure that the home is safe. If it can't be done on the day, then the issue will be made safe as an intermediate repair, until it can be repaired fully.

If you need a new fuse board

The electrician will carry out an extensive check of your fuse board. It should have RCD protection (Residual Current Device) and the necessary circuit breakers. If the EICR discovers issues with your fuse board, then it may need to be upgraded. It may be old, or may not meet current regulations. If the fuse board needs to be replaced, then this is not a huge cause for concern. The EICR will have confirmed any issues and the electrician can then go ahead and upgrade the new fuse board, which usually only takes a day to install. A safely installed fuse board will also give your home RCD protection on all electrical circuits.

Having an EICR gives you great peace of mind, in knowing that your home's electrics are safe. When looking for an electrician in Swindon who can carry out this type of electrical safety check, then please contact us here at Grants Electrical Services. We are a team of experienced and professional electricians who are more than happy to help.


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We are Shortlisted for Which? Trusted Trader of the Year 2018

We are over the moon to announce that Grants Electrical Services Ltd has been shortlisted for Which? Trusted Trader of the Year!

Find out more about the award and the other nominees >>


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The Benefits Of Choosing A Which? Trusted Trader

Which? has been rigorously testing products and services for nearly 60 years – now we are assessing and endorsing local tradesmen and tradeswomen. Like our well known Best Buy logo, the Which? Trusted trader logo is a sign of reputation and trust; helping consumers choose the right trader for them and giving good traders the recognition they deserve.

Which? Trusted Traders is an endorsement scheme run by Which? that recognises reputable traders who successfully pass an assessment process carried out by our trading standards professionals. Not just anyone can become endorsed. The assessment process includes:

Credit report

This is obtained to validate the financial health of a business who applies to be assessed.

Customer Satisfaction

The Which? Trusted Traders endorsement team will check a selection of customer references from 10 domestic customer details chosen at random by the assessor.

Business procedures

A thorough examination of business and administrative procedures to ensure that businesses have consumer interests in mind.

Interview and assessment

Our standard assessment includes a face to face visit and interview carried out by a Which? trading standards professional to fully understand all aspects of how the applicant runs their business.

Report

Businesses receive a report of the assessment, providing valuable feedback from our experienced assessors to ensure that they meet our high standards before they are allowed to join the scheme.

Endorsed trader

Having passed all these checks, the trader is now able to choose to join the scheme, agreeing to abide by the terms and conditions, code of conduct and pay the membership fees. They can now show their customers that they are an endorsed Which? Trusted trader.

Who makes the grade?

Those who don’t make the grade don’t get endorsed. Due to the high demands of the assessment, not all businesses that apply get through the assessment process. Only those who meet our high standards can become Which? Trusted traders.

If things go wrong

An extra benefit of using Which? Trusted Traders is that we have an independent Alternative Dispute Resolution service, Dispute Resolution Ombudsman, on hand, should something go wrong. This problem solving service provides peace of mind for both consumers and traders.

Director’s Statement

We at Grants Electrical Services Ltd are very proud of our Which? Trusted Traders endorsement. By being a Which? Trusted Trader it offers our customer peace of mind that they are dealing with a reputable tradesperson or company. Check out our profile to see our reviews


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Which? Trusted Trader Of The Month

Grants Electrical Services Ltd are proud to announce that we received the award of ‘Which? Trusted Trader of the Month’ for November 2017. We won the award due to our ‘excellent reviews, social-media presence, charity work and consistent engagement with the Which? Trusted Traders scheme’.

Here’s what our Managing Director, Martin Grant, had to say: ‘We have had an extremely busy year and so much is down to the incredible endorsement and support we receive from Which? Trusted Traders. Being named Which? Trusted Trader of the Month is such a great accolade and a ringing endorsement of our focus to offer great customer service to all out clients. From all at Grants Electrical Services Ltd, thank you!’

We would like to take this time to thank all of our customers that have left us such fantastic feedback over the past 2 years we have been a Which? Trusted Trader and we look forward to working with new and our existing customers in the coming year.

You can read more about our award by clicking on the Which? Trader of the Month for November 2017 logo below.