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7 Common Electrical Hazards and Why You Need Electrical Testing and Tagging Services

Electricity is a powerful ally but can be a formidable foe when safety measures are neglected. To ensure a secure environment, it's crucial to be aware of common electrical hazards.

In this article, we'll unveil seven of these risks and explain why investing in electrical testing and tagging services is paramount for your safety.


1. Faulty Wiring

Faulty wiring is a silent threat. Over time, wear and tear, rodents or poor installation can compromise wiring integrity, leading to electrical fires or shocks.

Faulty Wiring
Faulty Wiring

2. Extension Cords and Power Boards

The use of extension cords and power boards can lead to overloaded circuits, causing overheating and fire hazards.

Extension Cords and Power Boards
Extension Cords and Power Boards

3. Damaged Appliances

Worn-out or damaged appliances can become live hazards, posing risks of electric shock or fire. Regular testing ensures that appliances are safe for use.

Damaged Hairdryer
Damaged Hairdryer

4. Poorly Maintained Tools

Tools used in electrical work are prone to wear and tear. Without regular testing, these tools can malfunction, leading to accidents on the worksite.

Broken Fan
Broken Fan

5. Outlets Close to Water and Wet Hands

Outlets near water and wet hands pose a heightened risk of electrical shocks. To enhance safety, exercise caution in areas prone to moisture, install ground-fault circuit interrupters, and promote awareness about the dangers of using electrical devices with wet hands.

6. Covered Cords and Wires

Heavy covering on cords and wires can lead to overheating, which in turn may result in electrical fires. It is essential to ensure that cords and wires are kept free from excessive coverings and are not tightly bundled together.

7. Lack of Compliance

Regulatory standards exist to ensure electrical safety. Failure to comply with these standards not only jeopardizes safety but can result in legal consequences. Testing and tagging services help maintain compliance.


Why Electrical Testing and Tagging Services are Essential

- Preventive Measures: Regular testing identifies potential hazards before they escalate, allowing for preventive action.

- Enhanced Longevity: Regular testing and tagging contribute to the longevity of electrical equipment and reduce the risk of untimely failures.

- Workplace Safety: In a commercial setting, ensuring the safety of employees and visitors is paramount. Electrical testing is a crucial component of comprehensive safety protocols.


For professional electrical compliance testing, contact TESTntel at or call us at 0800 837 8824 to guarantee the safety and integrity of your electrical systems.

To learn more about TESTntel services, visit our website at

TESTntel Auckland Head Office Location: 4 Kitson Place, Saint Johns
TESTntel Auckland Head Office Location: 4 Kitson Place, Saint Johns


Electrical hazards are often insidious, hidden dangers that can wreak havoc if left unchecked. Electrical testing and tagging services act as the guardians against these threats, providing a shield of safety in our homes and workplaces.

Prioritising electrical safety is not just a choice; it's a responsibility we owe to ourselves and those around us.


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