Electrical Safety

As something we use everyday, it's easy to take electricity for granted. If you attempt to do DIY electrics or use an unregistered electrician to carry out work at your home you could be putting your family's lives at risk.

Each year around 12,500 house fires, 750 injuries and 10 deaths are caused by unsafe electrics in the home.  

Cutting corners can have dangerous consequences for you and your family, so in the interest of safety, homeowners should use a professional and fully qualified electrician to carry out electrical work in their home, such as one registered with NICEIC.

    

Who are the NICEIC?

NICEIC was set up in the 1950s and is the leading independent voluntary electrical regulatory body assessing the competence of UK electricians. NICEIC maintains a register of around 20,000 Approved Contractors and Domestic Installers.

To enroll with the NICEIC all electricians, and anyone they employ, must comply with national safety standards and codes of practice. They are regularly inspected, which means NICEIC is a symbol you can trust, and is only displayed by electricians offering a dependable service.  

 What is Part P?

An electrical safety law, Part P of the Building Regulations, was introduced by the Government on 1st January 2005, with the aim of protecting the homeowner and reducing the risk of electrical fires and electric shock. The law, which applies to England and Wales aims to improve electrical safety in the home and prevent the number of accidents which are caused by faulty electrical work.

This brings electrical work in the home under statutory control, along with other types of building work, such as gas installation.

You can only carry out electrical work yourself if you can inspect and test that it is safe, or in other words you have the correct electrician qualifications. If you are not a qualified electrician, to comply with the law you must notify your local building control office before you begin work and pay the appropriate fee for them to inspect the work you have done.

If you don't follow the rules:

  • You will have no certificate to prove that the work has been carried out by a registered electrician, or that the work performed has been passed as safe by your local building control
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  • It may be problematic when it comes to selling your home if you cannot produce evidence that electrical work has been carried out in accordance with the Building Regulations
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  • It is a criminal offence to carry out work that does not comply with building regulations, with a maximum fine of £5,000
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  • Your local building control may insist that you re-do the electrical work.

It is always best to get a qualified, registered and experienced electrician to carry out any electrical work in your home or place of work