Is your Fuseboard/Consumer Unit Safe for your Swindon home?
Great Britain has a reasonably good record of electrical safety. The statistics 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
Old fuse boards that do not meet the current 18th Edition IET wiring regulations can become dangerous. Depending on the load placed upon them. Every installation deteriorates 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 a replacement. 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 IEE 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 are 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.
Look at the detailed list below to see if you may need a new Fuseboard/Consumer Unit for your Swindon home:
- Has your wiring had a check in the last 10 years by a qualified electrician?
- Does your fuse board have replaceable fuse wire?
- Do your fuses blow regularly?
- Do your sockets or plugs get hot or have burn marks?
- Are there lights in your property that use twisted old type flex?
- Do you have flex that is rubber covered?
- Are your cables missing an earth cable?
- Do you use also electrical equipment outside?
- Do you need to use extension leads?
- Are you at all concerned about your electrical installation?
Prestige Electrical Services Swindon Electricians also carry out electrical work. From simply changing a light fitting to completely re-wiring a house. We can also provide electrician services for any commercial customers premises where they have 3 phase electrics.
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 serious electrical problem then we will arrange for one of our Swindon electricians to visit you to repair the electrics.
Our electricians are trustworthy, professional and are fully trained and qualified up to the highest standards currently 18th Edition (City & Guilds 2382-18). They also provide only the highest level of electrical competency and our Electrical Inspectors have the extra qualifications to test and report on the work of a third party electrician.
We are fully covered by public liability and professional indemnity insurance. This provides peace of mind to all of our customers and also reassures you that the electricians working in your home or business are from a professional and reliable electrical contractors.
As faulty and ageing wiring is a major cause of electrical fires in the home. You can protect yourself and your Swindon home, by having regular checks carried out on the condition of your cables, switches, sockets and other accessories. Feel free to also click on the link “how safe is your home”. A booklet is available from Electrical Safety First giving guidance and safety advice.
We are members of the following professional bodies:
ELECSA – operates a competent person scheme on behalf of the Government to make sure the electricians you use are technically competent to do the electrical work. The scheme relating to electricians is the Part P scheme of which we are 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 including full insurance, correct health and safety practices and good customer care.
By being part of the above we are giving you peace of mind that the professional electrician visiting your home has had their assessment and confirmed as competent to carry out electrical work safely and correctly.
If you have any questions about your fuseboard/consumer unit for your Swindon home or any other electrical queries, please do give Leisa or a member of our team a call on 01793 297017. Please feel free to also email us firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to help and advise you.
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We look forward to being of service to you for all your electrical needs.
Areas we cover near Swindon:
Blunsdon | Cricklade | Highworth | Purton | Wanborough | Ashton Keynes
Somerford Keynes | Minety | Upper Minety | Purton Stoke | Lydiard Millicent | Lydiard Tregoze
Upper Wanborough | Hinton Parva | Idstone | Haydon Wick