Lanka Electricity Company (Pvt) Ltd

Your Wiring

It’s important to have your wiring checked to make sure it’s safe. We’ve put together some advice so you can make sure the wiring in your home is safe.

Do you need to get your wiring checked?

If the wiring in your home is more than 20 years old, we recommend you arrange for it to be checked. It is also wise to have it checked at five-year intervals, to make sure your wiring can cope with extra appliances or lights and to check the earthing system. Always use a qualified electrician.

Electrical Safety – the key points

There are around 80 deaths and 4,000 accidents annually in the Sri Lanka involving electricity, so don’t think it can’t happen in your properties

  1. If you let property in LECO area you must ensure that electrical equipment and the electrical system are safe.
  2. There is currently no statutory requirement to have annual safety checks on electrical equipment, but it advisable to do so as you can still be liable if things go wrong.
  3. You should ensure that tenants are given copies of operating and safety instructions for ALL equipment in the premises and you should carry out regular checks.
You are advised to make visual inspections yourself in your residential properties (record on a safety checklist) and have periodic checks carried out by a qualified electricians.
  1. Ideally, ensure that the electrical system complies with the latest wiring regulations.
  2. Make sure a trip switch (RCD) is fitted to power circuits.
  3. Make sure appliances purchased are complete and in working order – keep purchase receipts.
  4. Pay particular attention to second hand equipment – always have these items checked
  5. Ensure that operating instructions and safety warning notices are supplied with the appliances.
  6. Ensure that earth tags are in place.
  7. Ensure that plugs are of an approved type with sleeved live and neutral pins.
  8. Ensure that plugs and sockets conform to BS1363 or BS1363/A for heavy duty uses.
  9. Ensure that all fuses are of the correct type and rating.
  10. Make sure that tenants know the location of and have access to the Main Switch Board, fuses and isolator switch.
  11. Make a note of all fuse ratings on the inventory.

If you are in any doubt about the wiring or the safety of any appliances consult a qualified electrician.

In order to do this we recommend

  1. Annual visual inspections by the landlord or agent – recording this on a safety checklist.
  2. Inspections on tenant change-overs, recording electrical equipment, its condition and fuses fitted.
  3. Periodic inspections of electrical equipment by a qualified electrician.
  4. 5 yearly inspections by a qualified electrician to ensure safety and that the electrical system complies with current electrical regulations.
  5. Keep all records of these inspections.

Safety First… Turn off the Power

When working on an electrical circuit or device, always turn off the power before working on the given circuit to avoid electrical shock or damage to the electrical wiring or devices. Not only is it important to turn the power off, but it is equally important to test the circuit afterwards to be sure the circuit is really off with a circuit tester. There is always the possibility that someone could come behind you and turn on the circuit that you are working on, unless you have the circuit marked with a warning label telling others not to energize this circuit or by having it locked out from use.

Electrical tape can be your friend when devices or boxes have exposed wires either connected to them or just hanging there unconnected. With the electrical circuit shut off, the circuit tested for safety, and insulated tools to expose the device or connection, it is now safe to disassemble the part of the circuit that needs inspecting.

Check for Proper grounding

Proper grounding is essential for safety when dealing with electrical circuits and devices. Although a device will work without a ground in most cases, it certainly is not recommended.

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  • Lanka Electricity Company (Pvt) Ltd
  • No. 411, Galle Road,
  • Colombo 03, Sri Lanka.
  • +094 011 2371 600
  • +094 011 2371 671
  • general@leco.lk