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How to Make Sure You Never Need an Emergency Electrician

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Date
19/05/2021
how to make sure you never need an emergency electrician

Emergency electricians serve a critical purpose for businesses in need. They help you get back up and running when the worst happens – whether that’s a power outage or a safety concern with your electrics.

But in truth, most emergency electrician work is completely avoidable with the right approach. In this post, we’ll discuss how to make sure you never need an emergency electrician…

The cost of an emergency electrician

Emergency electricians provide a fast response to electrical issues, often with around-the-clock availability. But that comes at a cost. Their time-sensitive services are charged at a premium, and – as we’re sure you’ll agree – an emergency isn’t the best starting point for negotiations on price.

Most emergency electrical work will leave your site unsafe if it’s not fixed immediately. That means significant downtime for your business if you fail to get it sorted, or the risk of more significant damage to your building. Emergency electricians know that all too well, which is why the ball is in their court when it comes to quoting.

That’s not all. The fact that your electrical issues require an emergency response shows that they have been left to develop for some time. Whether it’s unsafe wiring, a fire risk or non-compliance with relevant regulations, the job itself will probably be quite expensive whenever and however you get it done.

Eliminating emergency electrical work

If you find yourself in need of an emergency electrician, the unfortunate truth is that you will probably need to fork out for their services on this occasion. It’s important not to cut corners in this respect, as it could leave your premises and your staff unsafe.

However, there are steps you can take to avoid a repeat of this scenario in future. Broadly speaking, the key to making sure you don’t need an emergency electrician again is taking a proactive approach to electrical maintenance.

It’s basically like having an annual service for your car compared to letting it breakdown and paying for roadside assistance and emergency repairs. One keeps you safe all year round with complete peace of mind, the other leaves you at risk of breaking down at any given point and typically costs more in the long run.

How to take a proactive approach

Staying proactive doesn’t have to be a guessing game. Regulations like Health and Safety at Work (1974) and Electricity at Work (1989) outline a number of areas which need to be inspected, tested and maintained.

Most importantly, your building’s electrical system should be assessed periodically with an Electrical Installation Condition Report, and appliances should also be PAT tested at a frequency that is right for your business.

You should also have fire alarms serviced twice a year and an annual test for your emergency lighting system to make sure both of them are ready when needed.

Steer clear of emergencies

At Volta Compliance, we know how costly and disruptive emergencies can be. That’s why we aim to help businesses across Leeds avoid emergencies with simple, proactive electrical maintenance.

With our help, you can stay on top of your electrical system and appliances, maintain compliance and peace of mind, and save money in the long run. Sound good? Call our team on 0113 397 1361 or email [email protected] to speak more about your requirements.

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Richard Carr Volta Compliance
Richard Carr
Managing Director
Richard is the Director of Volta Compliance. He is a fully qualified approved electrician graded with the JIB. Richard has over 20 years electrical experience working on commercial and industrial installations.