One of the most important things to understand about electricity is that it always follows the shortest route. If you are standing in bare feet on an un-insulated surface and touch a live wire, then the electricity in that wire will try to complete its cycle through your body, and could kill you.
Fortunately this happens less and less these days, thanks to the mandatory installation of earth leakage protection systems. These detect a sudden flow of electricity and trip a special breaker to stop this continuing. They are necessary in addition to dedicated circuit breakers, because these may be insufficient in themselves when the soil conditions are dry.
Electricity kills people every year in Britain, often because they were not covered by earth leakage protection. Here are several reasons that could cause this:
o Earth leakage protection not installed. This condition is not legal, and you must Find an Electrician if any doubt at all.
o Earth leakage protection faulty. All devices get old and eventually fail. Make a habit of pressing the test switch on your distribution board at least once a month to make sure it trips the power instantly. If it does not, then you must consult an Electrician in London or wherever else you live urgently.
o Perhaps the greatest danger of all is where somebody has bypassed the earth leakage system on one or other circuit in the past because a piece of equipped kept tripping. This represents a potentially lethal threat. Again, if in any doubt at all you must get Electrical Quotes for a full inspection.
As we wrote this blog we realised just how easily neglect can creep up on all of us, and that this includes neglecting to arrange regular electrical safety inspections too. We have contractors serving just about every major postal code in the United Kingdom. We urge you to have your property electrically inspected regularly, so that you can enjoy the safer life at home that you deserve.