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Electrical Safety & Electrical Hazards - NICEIC

Specifiers, landlords and other buyers of contracting services need to be aware of their obligations under the building regulations and related law, as well as how to find an NICEIC-registered contractor and support services.

Electrical Hazards

Electrical hazards are invisible but deadly, causing fires and electrical shock. These hazards are easily preventable if you use an NICEIC-registered contractor to install, inspect and maintain electrical installations.

Always use an NICEIC-registered contractor to ensure that your electrics are installed and maintained safely and correctly.

Government figures estimate that there are around 10 fatal and 2,000 non-fatal electric shock accidents in the home each year, and around 19 fatal and 880 non-fatal shock accidents a year in the workplace. However, there are about 12,500 electrical fires in homes across the UK each year. Although many incidents are caused by faulty appliances rather than the electrical installation itself, a properly installed and well-maintained installation could save lives.

Cables, switches, socket-outlets and other equipment deteriorate with prolonged use, so they all need to be checked and necessary replacements or repairs made in good time.

Whilst it is relatively easy to make an electrical circuit work – it is far more challenging to make the circuit work safely. To avoid the dangers that electricity can create to you and others it is essential that electrical work is carried out only by those with the correct knowledge, skill and experience in the type of electrical work to be undertaken.

In March 2006 the Electrical Safety Council published the results of their National Consumer Survey and found that:

42% of consumers surveyed stated they had never had their electrics checked

32% of consumers surveyed who do DIY stated they had experienced one or more electric shocks while carrying out DIY

59% of people do not use qualified electricians when carrying out electrical work

35% of consumers surveyed said their electrics are over 15 years old and a further 21% stated they had no idea how old they were

48% of those surveyed did not know that their electrics should be checked at least every 10 years

Benefits of using NICEIC - Registered Contractors

1. Safety and competence

2. Compliance with building regulations

3. Insurance backed Warranty

4. Independent complaints procedure

5. Guarantee of Standards Scheme

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