As a business owner or homeowner, we are responsible for the livelihood of others, they are in our care and we need to ensure their safety at all times. It may mean a roof over their heads, proper nutrition, but adding to the list is the necessity of having all appliances and equipment tested for electrical safety.
We use appliances every day, from coffee machines to cellphone chargers, all office equipment needed to complete the tasks, and the wiring that runs through the buildings.
When there is a vast amount of cabling being used at the same time there is a large amount of radiated heat, if the cable is old or deteriorating the protective layer will be worn out and not as effective as you will need.
Ensuring the building and all its components have been checked for fire hazards and are safe for the operation will make for a better night’s sleep.
Knowing when to bring in a company to carry out the electrical testing can be confusing, this is because the time frames are determined not only by the country or state you’re living in and the regulations set out but due to the various environments different equipment operates in.
A large warehouse or factory would be tested less often compared to say that of a building site where operations are non-stop daily and vehicles and appliances are constantly on the move.
The periods can range from anything between 3 months to every 5 years for the few and far between areas, but to be checked nonetheless.
We may not know all there is to understand about the electrical industry but having a few basics under your belt is always a good idea, for a quick tip guide look here https://www.quora.com/What-are-the-basics-of-electrical-safety and be one step ahead of the game in your testing equipment knowledge.
‘It is always better to know a little about something than a lot about nothing’, as the old saying goes.
Who should check?
This is the big question on everyone’s lips, it can be daunting choosing a firm when you know nothing about electrics. Going on family and friends recommendations is always the best solution but if this is not an option then a bit of research and homework will get you where you need to be.
A few factors to consider for the final decision of the electric company you’re letting into your home and office building will help keep you ‘in the know,’ and you will be better equipped and aware to notice if something seems off or not right.
The 4 “R” essentials to look for in an electrical test company.
- It can be easy to get caught in the trap of a salesperson phoning or even worse show up on your doorstep due to ‘being in the area’ and offering you a free home electrical survey, you need to be vigilant. They will more than likely ‘find’ an issue that needs attention as soon as possible and this way scare you into signing an offer.
Always ask for credentials and then ask them to wait outside while you phone the company to ask if they are legitimate and legal and are aware of the ‘employee’ standing at your doorstep.
Don’t feel ashamed to keep them waiting while you look online at the firm on the business card id if it is unrecognized or a ‘no-domain’ warning don’t bother to open the door again.
- Reviews. Customers who have had the company perform a service that was either good or bad will have no issue to leave a comment on their webpage for others to be informed. Be sure to read these before calling as it gives a good indication of the type of service you are likely to receive.
- Report. Anyone you let onto the premises that completes a survey should offer you the original of the report he has written, dated, and signed off on before leaving. Having the details written in black and white with all parties fully aware of what’s happening eases the tension and there are no unnecessary surprises.
For a professional assessment and completion of all your electrical work be sure to visit ETS Electrical Testing Services where customer care and service are a priority and with years of experience under their belts you can be safe in knowing you are in safe hands.
- If a company has been in business for over a decade this will show you that they provide satisfactory customer care services, and the quality of work you deserve. Always try to use a firm that has been around for a while.
Test and tag.
When an electrical engineer conducts his checks and writes the report he will check a few things, movable appliances such as all kitchen and office equipment from toasters to laptops, then each item needs to have a safe and secure connection to the wall socket because the last thing we need is a great looking coffee machine but the plug has frayed wires and no cover.
The serviceman will then check that all appliances have been accounted for and put a tested sticker on them with the date the test was conducted, his full name, and the date for when the next test is due.
New appliances are usually fine for a few years, but if you are taking over a home that has some furnishings always ask for the electrical report, check the items and dates of the appliances, and that the date has not expired that is stated on the test tags.
Tests and safety.
It is without a doubt the priority of anyone responsible for another living being to keep them safe and cared for, electrical testing comes in all forms and for all industries and equipment, read more about it in this link for an in-depth look into just how far the process goes and what is all involved.
With up-to-date test tags in place, you can count on knowing you have done your part.