Electrical Safety Tips!


Here at Able Skills, we know electrics - we have been teaching the subject for over 10+ years, our instructors are experts with a wealth of knowledge, developed from both years of teaching and working out in the industry. We are the number one provider of electrical training in Kent! Today, we thought we would go over some basic electrical safety tips to keep you and your family safe...


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Electrical safety is very important.


Don’t Overload Outlets:


This may seem obvious but people do it anyway and although it may not cause problems at first, however, an extension cord with multiple appliances plugged in over a prolonged amount of time can cause a very serious electrical fire. Try keeping one particular outlet designated for charging electronic devices and avoid the use of extenders. If any outlet is sparking or is emitting a burning odour then unplug, turn the switch off and get in a professional electrician as a soon as possible!

Childproof Outlets:


Kids get up to everything when you are not looking, for their safety and your peace of mind is it extremely beneficial that you get some childproof outlets installed, they eliminate the chance of shock - They appear identical to standard wall outlets, they are anything but. Spring-loaded receptacle cover plates protect electrical contacts, preventing the insertion of objects when unequal pressure is applied to the receptacle's contact points and are 100% more useful than plastic outlet covers that can easily be taken off even by young children.

Risks Outside:


You may think that kids are safe from any electrical problems outside, however, transformers can be problematic. Electrical boxes are dangerous, playing in the dirt surrounding them is not a good idea. Electrical boxes indicate that there are electrical wires buried underneath the ground, so kids should steer clear of that area entirely. Tell them if they notice any damage to the boxes or components not to touch them and to tell you right away so you can get a qualified electrician over.


Want some electrical training?


If you are looking for electrical courses, then look no further - we have a large range of electrical courses ranging from introductory to advanced level courses and everything in between. Whether you are looking to get your 18th Edition sorted or you are looking to become a domestic installer, we have got you covered!

No experience whatsoever? If you have little or no knowledge on the subject but you are potentially thinking about a switch of careers or just becoming familiar with the basics of the trade, we recommend that you first take our Introduction to Basic Domestic Electrics Course. This electrical training programme is a short (10-days) yet an intensive course that will see you learn the basics of being a domestic installer, covering subjects such as:

  • The definition of electric shock
  • Ohms Law & Power Triangles
  • Identification of earthing systems
  • An introduction to legislation surrounding electrical installation in dwellings
  • Understanding breaker and cable selection
  • Installation of earthing and bonding, Ring circuits, Radial circuits, Cooker circuits, various lighting circuits.
  • Completion of installation certificate
  • Understanding basic inspection and testing:
    • Continuity of protective conductors
    • Continuity of protective conductors radial circuits
    • Continuity of protective conductors ring final circuits
    • Insulation resistance
    • Polarity
  • Safe isolation
  • Adding additional outlets to a circuit
  • Completion of a minor works certificate


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Want some more information?


If you are looking for some more information about any of the electrical courses that we offer then do not hesitate to get in contact with us, you can do this by giving us a call on 0808 100 3245! Otherwise, if you would like to speak to a member of staff in person then feel free - we have an open policy and encourage candidates to come into our office to ask questions and look around between the hours of 8:30 - 16:30. 


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