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Introducing Switch Electrical . Welcome to Switch Electrical we are a well-established electricians who undertake all aspects of Electrical work in the commercial & domestic Industry as seen below. . We are proud to provide a quality service at a competitive price. Our customer satisfaction reflects our work ethic, ensuring all work is carried out to the highest standard. From homes to office work, cafe’s, gyms & schools. . • Domestic & Commercial • Electrical services • Intruder alarms • Access control • Fire alarms • CCTV

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Reviewed by Graeme on 12/6/2019

Exceptionally happy with the work conducted by Switch Electrical. Dan was flexible on time and was able to come over after I finished work, extremely rare in my experience, meaning I didn't have to take time off work. The service was impeccable, fast, clean and professional. Daniel also helped me to understand the system, teaching me how to use it properly and making sure it was set up in the best way. As a consequence he helped me avoid unnecessary costs on the system. Highly recommend!

Harley Mitchell’s is a family run company offering electrical services throughout the northeast we are insured and all work is guaranteed we have over 12 years experience we provide certificates and are registered with a governing body don’t delay call today 24 hours call out available and daytime call out only £35 we specialise in commercial and industrial as well as domestic we offer smart metering sub metering discounts available for land lords property managers we install security systems fire alarms cctv etc

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Reviewed by Stephen on 24/6/2019

Great “can do” attitude

Property renovator specialising in bathroom and kitchens as well as a Fully qualified electrician with experience in domestic properties and commercial environments. Specialising in all aspects of electrical installation and maintenance including fuseboards installations, new sockets, downlights and problem solving.

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Reviewed by Simon on 13/6/2019

David completed the job in the timescales and within the quote he set out pre-job.

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Reviewed by ALEXANDRA on 26/3/2019

Friendly and efficient

I am a sole trader based in the Manchester I am a 17th edition qualified electrician and have been trading for over 20 years , I am a registered part P contractor with public liability , I offer a friendly and competitive service and my work is insured

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Reviewed by Stewart on 3/4/2019

This man gave a first class service at a good price I will defo be using him again

Qualified Electrician with 20+ years' experience in electrical installation (part and complete), kitchen rewiring, fire alarm, fuse board replacement. All work meet BS7671 standard and fully insured. I can guarantee high quality work to suit all budgets.

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Reviewed by Melissa on 7/5/2019

Arrived promptly got the job done easily at a reasonable price. Would use again.

Installer and maintainer of: intruder alarms, fire alarms, fire extinguishers, emergency lights, CCTV, number plate recognition systems, door entry, card reading systems and home automation.

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Reviewed by Martin on 2/5/2019

Michal was polite and methodical in the way he worked. Would definitely recommend and will undoubtedly use again.

HSA Maintenance carries out all your property maintenance needs ranging from Electrics, Plumbing and all types of building works. Excited about the new expansion on rated people. All work carried out in a professional manner with care to customers needs.

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Reviewed by Trevor on 25/11/2018

Very helpful didn't leave until sure smoke alarm was working properly. Checked other alarm whilst he was there and gave some helpful advice. Dry pleasant gentleman. Have ensured I have his number stored for future.

About I.P.S Electrical installations: IPS Electrical Installations Ltd are a company specialising in domestic work and garden lighting. We are dedicated to providing customer service that is second to none. Whether you need a small wiring fix or the installation of state-of-the-art "smart home" automation, we can get the job done right. We provide you with a full consultation to explain your available options so that you can choose the scope of work that's right for you home or business - and your budget. We strive to save you both time and money by combining our deep experience, the highest quality parts and equipment, and our dedication to delivering exceptional service. We will not leave the job until you are satisfied. Experience: All electrical work taken. Specialists in domestic work. Garden lighting design. Electrical testing and landlords certificates. Electrical maintenance. Nest Pro Installer Ring TradePro Qualifications: NVQ level 2, 18th edition, CSCS card. Peace of mind: £2million public liability insurance Showcase: IPS Electrical Installations have just finished a four bedroom house rewire, with complex wiring systems and smart lighting which can be operated by a phone app or Amazon Echo.

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Reviewed by Chris on 21/6/2019

Paul was knowledgeable, hard working and a problem solver. I left him to get on with it all but he kept me updated with developments and when facing a problem, worked around it. He worked tidily, was respectful and polite. He was very quick to come back when a minor issue arose, we were very impressed with every aspect of how he worked and will definitely be using him in future. I highly recommend him.

Electrical inspecting & testing certification EICR's Fault finding Electrical installation Consumer unit rewiring Outdoor electrical wiring Electrical design Electrical surveys Socket & lighting replacements Security lighting installation Rewires Qualifications SVQ 3 recognised apprenticeship 17th addition inspection Compex Certified

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Reviewed by Alison on 24/6/2019

Very happy. David came when he said he would, gave good advice and did exactly what I wanted.

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Fire alarm installation specialists - what you need to know

It might just be the most important item you ever buy – your fire alarm could save your life. So, it pays to ensure it’s installed correctly.

No matter whether you opt for a top of the range “smart fire alarm” system, or the most basic model, if your alarm isn’t fitted in the right place and set up properly, it isn’t going to give you and your home the best protection.

Fire alarms will usually be located on your ceiling, in the centre of the room away from lights or any appliances that create steam. The number and location of fire alarms you need will vary according to the size and layout of your home.

The golden rule is at least one fire alarm per floor, but as fires can start anywhere you might consider installing a unit in every room (other than bathrooms) for maximum protection. The key consideration is that you can hear the alarm (should it sound) wherever you are in your house.

Cost of fire alarm installation

Including labour and alarm units

  • Budget: 2 x battery alarms – £100-£150
  • Medium: 2 x wired and interconnected alarms – £250-£350
  • Expensive: 2 x smart home alarms – £450+

What type of fire alarms are there?

There are 4 main types of fire alarm out there, and the option you choose will depend on your home, as well as the level of protection you’re willing to pay for.

Ionisation models are very common and are often the cheapest option. They detect very small particles of smoke, alerting you before it gets too thick. However, their sensitivity makes them prone to false alarms if they’re too near the kitchen.

Optical alarms are more expensive and are particularly effective at detecting slow-burning fires – the type triggered by smouldering upholstery or overheated wires. They’re also less likely to be triggered by innocent charred toast than ionisation alarms.

Heat alarms are more advanced systems that can detect increases in temperature and don’t rely on smoke to trigger a warning. This means they are suitable for use in a kitchen, although their coverage is much smaller than smoke-detection-based units.

Finally, a new breed of smart fire alarms (including the likes of Google-owned Nest) offer you even greater peace of mind. They’re slightly more advanced smoke-detection systems that are able to automatically alert your mobile phone, as well as integrating with security and other home protection services.

It’s also possible to get alarms that detect carbon monoxide, as well as smoke or heat. You can’t see or smell carbon monoxide, so it’s advisable to get something that can detect this gas as well.

How do I look after my fire alarm?

Your fire alarm installer should be able to give you advice on how to look after your alarm. The majority of modern alarms should last between 7-10 years as standard, so replacing the batteries (or the unit itself) soon after installation won’t be necessary.

Most smoke alarms will need very little maintenance. Testing your alarm every couple of months is usually recommended (but refer to your specific model’s instructions, as they will state the exact frequency). Be sure to keep the alarm clean and free from dust or cobwebs too.

What fire alarm regulations do I need to know?

Articles 13 and 17 of the Fire Safety Order 2005 require homeowners to have fire alarms installed and properly maintained. Beyond that, the regulations aren’t as specific as you might think. The only other stipulation to be aware of is for mains-powered systems to have a battery backup.

The qualifications your tradesperson needs

There are no specific qualifications your tradesperson needs to install a fire alarm. Where electrical work is involved, your installation expert may require NICEIC (the National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting) accreditation to sign off their work.

Insurance for fire alarm installation

Your main ask of a fire alarm installer will be public liability insurance. They may only be conducting very minor work, such as drilling holes for alarm unit brackets, but it’s easy for a hidden pipe or wire to cause big headaches. Public liability insurance will keep you and your property protected against damage.

Any units your installer supplies should also carry a warranty, so ask about that too.

Questions you should ask your fire alarm installation specialist

  • How many alarms would they recommend installing (and where)?
  • Will they show you how the system works?
  • Do the alarms they supply come with warranties?
  • Can they provide public liability insurance details?

Your local fire service

It’s also worth checking in with your local fire brigade to see what free advice or services they have. Depending where you are in the UK, most local fire brigades will do a free assessment of your home, including fitting smoke alarms if yours aren’t safe enough.

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