Electrical maintenance for the summer months.

A new outdoor socket installed with Type A RCD protection by a registered electrician in Chippenham

With the evenings getting lighter and the weather slowly starting to get warmer it's a good idea to ensure your electrical installation is in good order ready for summer so here's a few things to consider. 

Outdoor electrics
We all know we should limit use of extension leads where possible so if you don't already have any outdoor socket outlets it is work considering having one installed. I have one at the top of my garden for mowing the grass and another at the bottom of my garden on the house for things like radios for BBQ's and a pressure washer for cleaning the patio. 

If you already have outdoor sockets then give them a quick inspection to make sure the covers are working properly and that there doesn't appear to be any water ingress. 

RCD protection
Electrical regulations now say we must install RCD's for any socket outlet but earlier editions of the regulations suggested that RCD protection was only required for socket outlets that are likely to be used to supply outdoor equipment. If you don't have RCD's in place currently then you'd likely benefit from a fuseboard upgrade (I have a helpsheet on here explaining what an RCD is). I know that's not in everyones budget though so using a plug in RCD adapter would be the cheapest way to keep you safe when using outdoor equipment. 

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