Best Practice(s) in regulating Electrical Safety in the home

Electricity is essential in our lives and in our homes and its use is continuously increasing. As the saying goes, the future is electric. Our society depends to a large extent on a safe electricity supply.

But, electricity is a potentially dangerous phenomenon. It is sometimes called the silent killer because it cannot be seen or heard or smelled or tasted. It can cause injury and/or death to persons through electric shock, burns, internal injuries or simply electrocution.

The second major hazard is fire. Loss of human life and damage to properties can occur because of fires and even explosions caused by misuse or by a bad electrical installation.

Fire is considered to be the main hazard. An investigation in the UK showed that 79% of the accidental primary fires were caused by faults in the electrical system.

There needs to be a correct approach by all the parties involved to achieve the all- important goal of a safe electrical installation in every home. That will help safeguard the lives of citizens and avoid fires.

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Highlights

  • Overall goal is to safeguard the lives of citizens and avoid fires.
  • Argues for a correct approach by all parties involved to achieve safe electrical installation in every home.
  • Discusses the role of the contractor/installer, utilities company, network distributor, owner, user, and authorities.
  • Offers some best practices to achieve safe domestic electrical installations.
  • Suggests that regular inspections are also necessary.

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