What Is A Registered Electrician?

What Is A Registered Electrician?

In the past people have attempted electrical jobs themselves but most of the time this work would be done in a bad manner and can lead to electrocution and electrical fires. Today all electrical work has to meet UK national standard BS 7671 and because of this it is critical that you employ a competent electrician to undertake any electrical work. Choosing an electrician that is registered with a government approved scheme is a great idea for the following reasons: A Registered Electrician: 1. Will carry out all electrical work to British Standard BS 7671 2. Will be authorised to self-certify that their work is compliant with current Building Regulations. 3. Will have their work regularly assessed to ensure ongoing competence 4. Will be able to issue a BS7671 certificate 5. Will have valid insurance including public liability insurance 6. Scheme operator will have a complaints procedure. They will investigate complaints made about electricians registered under their schemes who have not met the required standards There are a number of different ‘Registered Electrician Schemes’. These are some of the better known ones. 1. Registered Competent Person Electrical 2. NICEIC (National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting) If you are looking for a competent electrician to carry out work in your home or business R D Nelmes Electrical can...
4 Things To Look For When Choosing An Electrician

4 Things To Look For When Choosing An Electrician

When searching for a domestic electrician you will want someone who is well trained and can undertake the work to a high and safe standard. It’s no good hiring someone who thinks they know a “bit about electricity”. The number of fires in the UK that are started as a result of unsafe electrical work is alarming. Data from the Electrical Safety First website shows that in 2011/2012, wiring, cabling and plugs in the home caused 2899 fires, 223 injuries and 10 deaths. With that in mind if you are choosing a domestic electrician, here are 5 things to look for: 1. Capability Check that the electrician has been trained and is registered with a recommended body. There is a fantastic site that you can use to check for a competent electrical person in the UK. This register was launched in Parliament on 2nd July 2014 to make it easier for people to check for a competent registered electrician. Their aims are to raise awareness of electrical safety. Using a registered competent electrician will ensure that they are licensed and have insurance. Common Sense Rewiring your home will involve quite a lot of disruption over several days. Ask your electrician whether they will be able to ensure that you have power once they leave for the day. This may seem obvious, however your electrician may think that a reduced capacity may be adequate whilst you know that it won’t! Pricing Choose an electrician who is experienced enough to understand how much time and effort is required to do the job. Jobs can over run and there might be unforeseen costs, but having...
Do You Need To Replace Your Fusebox?

Do You Need To Replace Your Fusebox?

You should always take electrical safety in the home very seriously. Outdated and old fuse boards will offer little to no protection against electrocution. Old units should be replaced with modern Consumer Units that are fitted with mini circuit breakers (MCB’s) and one or more residual current devices (RCDs). Fuse boards are an essential piece of your electrical installation and there are several reasons why you might require a replacement: Your fuse board is very old and has asbestos flash guards  Your current fuse board does not have a RCD (residual current device). This is a sensitive safety device that switches off electricity automatically in a fraction of a second if it detects any electrical fault on your circuit, or the smallest of current changes.  This minimises the risk of electrical fires, electrocution or electrical shocks. Your fuse board is more than 10 years old . Fuses can age through use, therefore if it is older than 10 years you should get it checked by a qualified electrician. Do you think you need to replace your fuse box either at your business premise or home? We are able to carry out this work to the highest standard at your convenience. Contact us now for an electrician to come and provide a...