Electrical installations - Art and Private Client

22 December 2021

During the period, 2015 – 2020 around 50% of the domestic fire losses reported to Ecclesiastical were electrical in origin.

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Modern day electronics are everyday requirements in our homes. The most frequent causes of electrical fires were found to be defective electrical installations, faulty appliances, extension cables and the use of counterfeit chargers.

A properly installed and well-maintained installation will significantly reduce the risk of a fire occurring at a domestic dwelling along with good appliance housekeeping.

It is very important that all electrical installation work is undertaken by competent electrical contractors, who have the skills, knowledge and experience to avoid the potential dangers connected to an electrical installation.

Any contractor should be certified with the National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting (NICEIC), The Electrical Contractors Association (ECA), The National Association of Professional Inspectors and Testers (NAPIT) or The Electrical Contractors’ Association of Scotland (SELECT).

All work completed must meet IET Regulations, Guidance note 3 and an electrical installation and condition report should be issued in every case.

Registered electricians work to the UK safety standard BS7671 and will issue certification that their electrical work has been designed, built, inspected and tested to this standard.

It is recommended that domestic electrical installations are inspected and tested at least once every ten years.

For more information please read our guidance below.