We all know that water and electricity make a lethal combination so it’s important that fixed electrical equipment is installed correctly, and that you use appliances in your kitchen with care.
• To avoid water coming into contact with electricity, make sure that your sockets or switches are fitted at a safe distance (at least 30 centimetres horizontally) from the sink.
• If appliances such as fridges, dishwashers and washing machines are fitted under worktops, getting to sockets may be difficult. Ideally, these appliances should be controlled by a switched fuse-connection unit mounted above the worktop where you can reach it easily.
• If a socket in the kitchen, or anywhere else in the house is likely to be used to supply portable equipment outdoors, it should have an RCD fitted. Under the national safety standard, all sockets in new electrical installations and any new sockets added to an existing installation must have RCD protection.
• Take special care when using electrical appliances in the kitchen – the mixture of water, hot surfaces, flexes and electricity can be very dangerous. Check that flexible leads and appliances such as kettles and toasters are in good condition. If you are unsure about an item and would like to know whether its safe you could have it PAT tested.
1. Use any electrical equipment or switches with wet hands
2. Wrap flexible cables around any equipment when it is still warm
3. Clean an appliance such as a kettle while it is still plugged in
4. Try to get toast that is stuck out of a toaster while it is plugged in, and especially not with a metal knife
5. Fill a kettle or a steam iron while it is plugged in
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Kevin, Lee and their team did a full re wire of our house in August 2015. Their team of 5 were very efficient and complete the job within 3 days. Their work was of a high standard and the price was very reasonable. All of the team were polite and helpful, fully explained what they would do and how they would do it with as minimal disruption to us as a family as possible! We would highly recommend their team!Jennie, Stretford
K & L Electrical have worked on this retirement complex since 2008. Firstly, as a sub contractor for 10 new bungalows being built and once these were completed the organisation then asked them to carry out routine and non routine work to 99 of our other properties, our 32 bed care home and an administration building. They are pleasant electricians who are prompt, knowledgeable and tidy in their work. We will continue to use them for the foreseeable future.Danny Kenny, Wallasey
Hollymere (Extra Care Development) situated in Ellesmere Port, consisted of 71 newly constructed one-and two-bedroom apartments. K&L provided electrical installation services for 71 one-and two-bedroom apartments on the Hollymere extra care facility development in Ellesmere Port. The work completed was of a first class quality and importantly their electricians met deadlines and were responsive to program demands.Allan Wood, Ellesmere Port
Me and my wife contacted lee, regarding doing some electrical work prior to our fitted kitchen being installed, he arrived on time, he and his team we very clean, tidy, and worked alongside other tradesmen to complete our dream kitchen. Any questions we asked were answered and explained fully, we found him very approachable, friendly, and most importantly, he quoted a very good price, and stuck to that price. I would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone considering any kind of electrical work in their homes. And we will definitely be using them again in the future. Great job guys.Stephen And Stephanie, Wigan