When you are having any type of electrical work carried out in your property it is imperative that you always use registered Electricians. By law, most electrical work undertaken throughout England and Wales must comply with Part P of the Building Regulations. All work completed under Part P should have relevant paperwork on completion and a six year guarantee. Government authorised schemes such as: NICEIC, ELECSA and NAPIT are dedicated to monitoring approved domestic electrical contractors working to Part P.
How much do Electricians charge?
Most Electricians, if not all, will have to complete a survey of all works in your property to ascertain exactly what needs doing before giving you a price. It is always advisable to obtain a detailed written quotation. Most Electricians should be willing to give you a free estimate and it is recommended that you obtain at least three written quotations to get a fair and balanced price.
How often should my electrics be checked at home?
At home it is recommended that your electrics are tested every ten years. A periodic inspection should be carried out on all properties that are going to be bought, let or sold. If the property is rented then checks should be made every five years. In the UK there are almost 13 million households who do not have sufficient R.C.D (Residual Current Device) protection which effectively can reduce the chance of electrical shock, fires and even save your life. Each year 12,500 house fires occur, causing 750 serious injuries and 10 deaths. Always make sure that you have a fully working smoke alarm.
How often should electrics be checked in a work place?
At premises used for commercial purposes all electrical items must be PAT (Portable Appliance Test) tested every 12 months. A price can be agreed per item or as a whole job. Anything that is plugged into an electrical socket must be tested, this includes extension leads etc.
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