Blown fuses typically indicate faults in the wiring of your home or faulty electrical appliances. Overloading sockets may also trip fuses. It is therefore necessary to turn off all lights and appliances before fixing a fuse.
Safely fixing a fuse
Having turned off the lights and appliances, turn off the main fuse box by setting the main power switch to its ‘off’ position. How to proceed from here depends on the type of fuses or circuit breakers you have. If you have:
- Circuit breakers, find the one that has flicked onto the ‘off’ position and flick it on again.
- Cartridge fuses, find the broken cartridge fuse by gently removing cartridges, one at a time, testing them in a cartridge fuse tester and replacing them until you find the broken one. Replace it using a cartridge with the correct amp rating, then check the circuit. If you do not have a tester, you may have to replace several cartridges with new ones, testing the circuit after each one.
- Fuse carriers, inspect each carrier visually for scorch marks or broken fuse wires, then fix the broken fuse using new wire with the correct amp rating.
24/7 Home Rescue offers step-by-step instructions on fixing a fuse wire.
After fixing a fuse
Having fixed the fuse, turn the power back on. If the fuse blows again immediately, the fault may be in the wiring. If not, inspect appliances to see if you can find out what caused the fuse to blow.
If you cannot determine any faults by visual checks, turn on one light and appliance at a time until the fuse blows again. The last appliance you switched on before it blew is the one responsible.
To prevent injuries by electrocution, fire or explosion, do not attempt to perform repairs on electrical wiring or appliances yourself, but have qualified professionals do so. If the problem lies in your home’s wiring and you live in rented accommodation, contact your landlord and ask for repairs to be arranged.
Your landlord’s duty of care
Your landlord has a duty of care towards you. This means they are legally required to take all necessary steps to prevent personal injuries in and around their properties and includes preventing injury by electrocution as much as it includes preventing slips, trips and falls.
Breach of duty
If your landlord is in breach of this duty and you are subsequently injured by electrocution or a slip, trip or fall, you may be entitled to claim for personal injury compensation.
Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0333 500 0993 from your mobile, or on 0800 689 0500 from a landline, to learn more.
Date Published: October 5, 2016
Author: Accident Advice