Category Archives: Safety

What are IP Ratings ? [RESOLVED]

The IP Code, or Ingress Protection Code is a standard which classifies and rates the degree of protection provided by mechanical casings and electrical enclosures against intrusion, dust, accidental contact, and water. It is published by the International Electrotechnical Commission. The equivalent European standard is EN 60529.

For example a typical Wiska IP66 junction box like this https://amzn.to/3x5nAzP will provide complete protection against dust and powerful waterjets or heavy seas.

The chart below shows what each number means.

House Fire In Cheddleton Sparks Safety Warning

Firefighters are warning people to store items in their lofts safely after a blaze broke out at a semi-detached property in Cheddleton in Staffrdshire, the fire was caused by a spotlight in the hall ceiling.

“We would urge people to think very carefully about where they position items in their loft to avoid this type of incident occurring. Combustible materials such as clothing and papers should always be kept well away from light fittings.”

Fire Investigation Officer Brian Griffiths

The incident was caused when a spotlight in the hall ceiling, backing onto the loft floor, overheated and set fire to Christmas decorations that had been placed on top.

Two appliances from Leek, one from Longton and the Aerial Ladder Platform from Longton attended the incident on Boucher Road at 8.10am today.

The fire was well established in the roof void of one semi-detached property and had spread to the neighbouring house, although damage to the second property was minimal.

Firefighters wore four breathing apparatus and used two hose reel jets to tackle the blaze before leaving the scene at 12.40pm.

Fire Investigation Officer Brian Griffiths said: “The damage was contained to the loft of the affected property and luckily did not have a major impact on the house next door. It was an accidental ignition caused by the light fitting heating up and setting fire to a Christmas tree and festive decorations which are highly flammable.

“We would urge people to think very carefully about where they position items in their loft to avoid this type of incident occurring. Combustible materials such as clothing and papers should always be kept well away from light fittings.”

Story via Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service

Cheddleton Loft Fire

Cheddleton Loft Fire

Terasaki Electric TD3 M10 TD3 M06 Miniature Circuit Breaker- Recall

Terasaki Electric TD3 M10 TD3 M06 Miniature Circuit Breaker- Recall

Terasaki Electric (Europe) Ltd – The following notice has been issued by the manufacturer:

They have detected a raw material non-conformity during the quality control process. Two products were affected: TD3 M10 and TD3 M06 miniature circuit breakers. Only certain products within a specific date range are affected. No failures of installed products have been reported to the manufacturer as of the time-of-writing, but it was decided to implement product recall and withdrawal procedure as a precautionary measure:

A large number of 10 kA MCBs and 6 kA MCBs are being recalled; for a full list see:  http://www.terasaki.co.uk/1.2_News/12_Index.htm

They have already contacted their customers who have bought these items according to the records.

If you have concerns about your installed products, you may contact Terasaki.

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Amendment No. 3 to BS 7671:2008

Amendment 3 to BS 7671:2008 – IET Electrical Amendment 3 to BS 7671:2008 (IET Wiring Regulations 17th Edition) was published on 5 January 2015.

All users of the IET Wiring Regulations need to be aware of the coming changes in Amendment No. 3 to the 17th Edition (BS 7671:2008+A3:2015). Potentially life-saving changes are proposed making this a vital update. These changes are expected to include (but are not limited to) amendments in the following areas: Consumer units (to come into effect January 2016) Wiring in escape routes Changes to earth fault loop impedances for all protective devices Updated EIC and EICR forms Changes to definitions throughout the Regulations Amendment No. 3 publishes on 5 January 2015 and comes into effect on 1 July 2015. All new installations from this point must comply with Amendment No. 3 to BS 7671:2008.

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