When it comes to sockets in our homes, it seems like there are never enough. So if you own a residential property, like student accommodation, how can you be sure your property has enough sockets? And what problems can occur when there isn’t enough sockets to meet demand? Well, here at Walker Electrical, we are Preston’s leading electrical experts. And we know and understand that the majority of properties do not offer enough electrical outlets for the demands of modern living. So, does your residential property have enough sockets?
Does your residential property have enough sockets?
The National Building Council has revealed that a newly built 3 bedroom house will only be built with 38 sockets. This is nowhere near enough for all the gadgets and electronic devices that people will need. And this is why homes use so many extension leads.
However, if you own a residential property, it is a legal requirement for you to ensure safe electrics. And an overuse of extension leads can result in a range of dangerous practices, such as overloading sockets, and connecting multiple extension leads together. And this can end up costing you a lot of money. Instead, it’s always better to err on the side of caution, and install additional sockets.
Installing additional sockets
In a multiple occupancy residential property, like student accommodation, the main focus of your attention should be in the bedrooms. As this is where your tenants will be plugging in their devices. To be certain to provide enough coverage, you should be looking at around 8 sockets per bedroom. This will supply power to a TV and games console, a mobile phone charger, a lamp, a laptop, and leave some spare for use when necessary. However, the more sockets you install, the better. As you will reduce the risk of poor electrical safety practices.
For more information or advice, get in touch with the professionals today, here at Walker Electrical.