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Local electricians blog.
Hi, and welcome to your local electricians blog.
Yesterday I visited a property in Warrington to carry out an EICR (electrical installation conditioning report) and one of my checks is to test the earthing and was asked the question what is it and why is it needed ?
With that in mind I will answer the question in simple terms in this edition of my blog, for those of you wondering the same thing.
The Earthing or earth cable in your home electrics is the most important part of the installation, this is the protective part of any circuit.
In the event of a fault, (such as a loose cable that has popped out of a terminal in a socket) contact between the live cable and earth will ensure the fuse or circuit breaker trips and power disconnects leaving the user unharmed. If there was no earth present then this process could only happen when someone touches the socket, the current takes the shortest path to the ground and will mean going through the person that touched it, ie electrocution.
Not a good scenario especially if you have young children at home.
With lots of metal appliances nowadays such as fridges, washing machines etc. it's more important than ever to ensure that there is a good earth in your electrical installation on all circuits.
The property in Warrington was found to not have an incoming earth and the distribution network came the same day and installed an earth connection. This scenario in older properties is quite common to find no external earth installed.
If you have old electrics in your home and are concerned with the potential lack of earthing then give me a call on 01204 707533 or 07872330203 and an assessment can be organised for you.
My next blog will be discussing protective bonding and its importance, another things most people aren't aware of until it is pointed out.
Thanks for reading

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