Is My Fuseboard/Consumer Unit Safe for my Cirencester home?
Great Britain has a reasonably good record of electrical safety. However, figures available from Electrical Safety First (recognised by the government and industry as the leading technical authority and campaigning charity on electrical safety) show that figures from 2015/2016 were:
- 15,432 Fires caused by electricity (out of a total of 28,350 fires)
- Electricity also caused 4% of Fires in England
- 1380 Fatalities and injuries caused by electrical fires
- An average of 27 a week and 4 a day
If you have an old fuse board in your Cirencester home that does not meet the current 18th Edition IET wiring regulations it can become dangerous depending on the electrical load placed upon it. All electrical installations deteriorate with age and use.
If your fuse board has a wooden backing, cast iron switches or a mixture of fuses it more than likely dates back to pre-1960 and will therefore need replacing. These older fuse boards give little or no protection from electric shocks and should have an upgrade to a new Consumer Unit which meets the current 18th edition IET wiring regulations.
New consumer units which meet the current 18th Edition wiring regulations are all metal due to being fire retardant (installation of plastic fuse boards/consumer units is no longer allowed) have dual RCD (Residual Current Breakers) to split the load and ensure that if one RCD trips then there is still some power to each floor of the property and gives protection against electric shocks.
Pleas see our checklist to see if you may need a new Fuseboard/Consumer Units in your Cirencester home:
- Has your wiring had a check in the last 10 years by a qualified electrician?
- Does your fuseboard also have replaceable fuse wire?
- Do your fuses blow regularly?
- Do you have lights that use twisted old type flex?
- Sockets & plugs – do they get hot or have burn marks?
- Do you need to use extension leads?
- Do you have flex that is rubber covered?
- Are your cables missing an earth cable?
- Do you also use electrical equipment outside?
- Are you at all concerned about your electrical installation?
As faulty and ageing wiring is a major cause of electrical fires in the home. You can protect yourself by having regular checks carried out on the condition of your cables, switches, sockets and other accessories. Please do click on the link “how safe is your home” for a booklet available from Electrical Safety First giving guidance and safety advise.
Our Cirencester based Electricians also carry out all other electrical work. From changing a light fitting to re-wiring a house. We can also provide services for all commercial 3 phase electrical work for businesses in and around the Cirencester area.
We can also help with any electrical emergency, whether it is just advice over the phone for something straightforward i.e. resetting an RCD that has tripped, or if it is a more complicated electrical problem then we can arrange for one of our electricians to visit you to repair the issue.
Our Cirencester electricians are trustworthy, professional and are fully trained and qualified up to the highest standards including the ability to test and report on the work of a third party electrician. Our electricians provide only the highest level of electrical competency and all are 18th Edition (City & Guilds 2382-18) qualified.
Being fully covered by public liability and professional indemnity insurance gives peace of mind to all of our customers. This also reassures you that the electricians working in your home or business are from a professional and reliable electrical contractors.
We are members of the following professional bodies:
ELECSA operates competent person schemes on behalf of the government. This ensures that the contractors you use are technically competent to do the electrical work you want. The scheme relating to electricians is the Part P scheme of which we are also a member. The ELECSA mission is to maintain and promote the best industry practice that underlines the technical integrity of the work that their approved contractors carry out on behalf of their customers every day.
Trustmark is a non-profit making organisation, licensed by the Government and supported by consumer protection groups. A firm’s technical skills have an independent check with regular on-site inspections. We signed up to a code of practice that includes insurance, good health and safety practices and good customer care.
By being part of the above we give you, the customer, peace of mind that the professional electrician visiting your Cirencester property has had an assessment and also confirmed as competent to carry out all work.
If you have any questions about the installation of a new fuseboard/consumer unit or any of our electrical services for your Cirencester home, please do contact us as detailed below:
- Call us on Cirencester 01285 643367
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- You can also visit our office at 2B The Woolmarket, Cirencester, GL7 2PR
Leisa or a member of our team will be more than happy to answer your questions.
Please also click here to view all other Electrical services we provide in your area.
We look forward to being of service to you for all your electrical needs in your Cirencester home or business.
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Fairford | Bibury | South Cerney | North Cerney | Kemble | Barnsley | Preston
Ampney St Peter | Ampney St Mary | Kempsford | Ampney Crucis | Stratton
Siddington | Latton | Cerney Wick | Ewen | Coates | Daglingworth
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