Electrical Safety Council Launches New Smartphone App For Homeowners

The Electrical Safety Council has launched a new smartphone app to help homeowners complete some simple but important visual safety checks inside and outside their home.

Established in 1956, the Electrical Safety Council is an independent charity in the UK that is dedicated to keeping the British Public safe by helping reduce the number of electrical accidents that occur in our homes and at the places where we work by promoting safety and good practices regarding everything related to electricity.

It is frightening to hear in the UK alone, there is on average 70 deaths a year, as well as 350,000 serious injuries and 21,000 fires caused by electrical accidents.

Taking advantage of the enormous growing trend of smartphone users, which already stands at more than 50% (a figure set to rise to 90% by 2016), the Electrical Safety Council opted to ride the wave of one of the most popular technologies used today by creating a useful app.

However, the ‘Home Electrical Safety Check’ app is not the first app the company have created, only in May 2012 the Electrical Safety Council launched their ‘Safe Isolation’ app, which allows electrical engineers and electricians to access important information while they are working, which is all about how to help keep themselves and others safe.

The ‘Home Electrical Safety Check’ app on the other hand is aimed purely at homeowners taking them through a series of quick, visual checks to ensure their homes are electrically safe.

Smartphone Application

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How it works?
The app is super quick to download and once installed on your device it is very easy to use.

Essentially there a 6 key areas:
1. the basics, 2. living room, 3. kitchen/utility room, 4. bathroom, 5. bedroom, 6. garden/shed/garage.

The basics section covers the core components starting with the Fuse box and gives details on how regularly it should be inspected depending on whether you rent the property or own and occupy it. There are also instructions for checking the type of fuse box you have within your home to know whether it needs to be upgraded to include the latest safety technology such as an RCD (residual current device).

The other components that make up ‘the basics ‘ section feature throughout each of the other areas as they are components found throughout a home such as cables, plugs and sockets, light fittings and electrical appliances.

Whilst the app does suggest some checks that to most will be obvious there are also some other really useful tips that are not so commonly known such as not using the top of a microwave to store things on or to check no pictures in the living room have been hung over a light switch which could be potentially dangerous with electrical cables running behind the wall, as well as gas and water pipes.

The app is designed as a checklist, so the user literally ticks any items that are not quite as they should be in and around the home. Once all the checks are complete the user can then view all their flagged items that need attention.

Some items might require simple changes to rectify the problem which can be completed by the homeowner. For those items that are more serious, then the app displays a sign to recommend getting a qualified, registered electrician in to advice in such instances.

Overall the app is easy to use and quickly highlights any issues a homeowner needs to rectify to help improve the safety of the home for them and their loved ones.

Simon Colley writes for Builder Guide, a leading UK resource to get free quotes from trusted trade professionals such as plumbers, decorators and local electricians.

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