Domestic Electrical Installations
Since the 1st January 2005, people carrying out electrical work in dwellings in England and Wales have to follow new rules in the Building Regulations.
These new rules were introduced to reduce the number of deaths and injuries caused by faulty electrical wiring or by fires caused by such wiring. The rules should also make it harder for “cowboy builders” to leave wiring in an unsafe condition.
Domestic electrical installations have been included within the scope of the Building Regulations. All new domestic electrical installations, together with specific alterations and additions to current installations, will have to be inspected and comply with strict electrical safety performance standards. The standards cover the design, installation, inspection and testing of domestic electrical work and the provision of information.
The main reason for the change is the need to reduce the hazards posed by unsafe domestic electrical installations and thereby help to reduce injuries from electrical shocks and burns. It is also hoped to reduce injuries arising from fires in dwellings due to electrical components overheating or arcing.
When the time comes to sell your property, your purchaser’s surveyors will ask for evidence that notifiable domestic electrical work, installed after January 2005 complies with the new Building Regulations. There are two ways to prove compliance:
- A certificate showing that the work has been done by a competent installer who is registered under one of six Electrical Self-Certification schemes such as the NICEIC of which XS Engineering is a member or
- A completion certificate from the local authority saying that the installation has approval under the Building Regulations. This however, is dependent on the owner who has ordered the providing relevant electrical test certificates on completion of the installation, from a competent person and on the electrics being inspected by a competent person during installation.
XS Engineering are able to carry out all types of domestic electrical work safely and professionally. Don’t take it to chance. If you require any electrical work carried out in your home contact us.
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