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Bathroom Zones

Water and electricity in a close proximity can be a dangerous hazard so to counter this bathroom safety is vitally important. Regulations stimulate that only electrical fittings with the appropriate Ingress Protection (IP) rating can be installed into a bathroom. The IP rating normally has two (or three) numbers, the 1st relates to protection from solid objects or materials; the 2nd protection from liquids and the 3rd protection against impact, although this is often omitted. IPx4 rated fittings, for example IP44, are rated to protection against water sprayed in all directions with limited ingress permitted, whereas IPx5 are rated to protected against low pressure jets of water from all directions, with limited ingress.

For a diagram of bathroom zones 0, 1 and 2 bathroom and bathroom.

General Home Improvement

The days of treating our homes as 'cash cows' may be over, but with fewer people willing or able to move house, the importance of home improvement have never been greater. This guide to home improvement will steer you through the red tape associated with any building project, read more.

Electrical Safety

Many householders don't realise that failure to maintain their electrical wiring in good condition could lead to fire. Cable, switches, socket outlets and other equipment deteriorate with use, and they all need to be checked and necessary replacements or repairs made in good time. Read more.

Smoke detectors and alarms are a must for any home, properly installed they detect smoke from a fire and set off an audible alarm alerting homeowners. Read more.

We have listed some of the potential hazards that may be encountered in any home, along with ways of rectifying them to make your home a safer place, read more.

Whether it's mowing the lawn or doing home improvements, the risk of electric shock causing injury or death is greater outdoors, due to possible wet conditions and physical contact with the ground. Residual Current Devices (RCD) are essential safety devices that switch off the electricity automatically when it detects an earth fault. Read more.

Earthing and Bonding

For safety reasons it is critical that all buildings are correctly earthed and bonded. There is a difference between these terms which is explained further here, but the important thing to remember is that these protective systems are there for safety reasons to prevent electric shock so any alterations to existing bonding connections, eg a new bath, should always be checked by a qualified electrician.

Periodic Inspection

A Periodic Inspection is an inspection on the condition of an existing electrical installation, to identify, in order of priority, any deficiencies against the national safety standard for electrical installation. It will reveal if any of your electrical circuits or equipment is overloaded, find any potential electrical shock risk. Read more.

Other

You may find information in the documents listed below also useful.

Building Regulations 2000 Electrical Safety
Electrical Circuit Protection Explained
Glossary of Electrical Terms
Lighting in the Home
Your Fuse Box
Wiring two way Switches for Lighting
 
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