When choosing an Electrician or other form of tradesman it is important you choose the right one. Everybody will know that tradesman can be highly priced and that there are many cowboys around. This article is here to help you understand a few of the qualifications and safely implications with electricity.
Electricians and Gas Engineers are the two trades which must have qualifications to carry out work on all residential, commercial and industrial properties. The reason for this is to protect persons and property from damage as electricity and gas can cause, fire, electric shock or even an explosion if not installed correctly.
When used incorrectly gas and electricity can be extremely dangerous sources of power. In most cases a fault with a gas appliance can be detected by smell or sound; this means there is a chance of detecting a fault before an incident can occur. Electricity on the other hand is an invisible and silent threat which can cause electric shock and fire in some cases.
To overcome the potential safety implications with electricity in the modern home there have been some vast safety improvements to both electrical training and the equipment used. A household consumer unit, more commonly known as the fuse-board has undergone some of the biggest changes. The speed at which a consumer unit will disconnect in fault conditions and the types of faults which will be detected have both been improved. Another major improvement has been main bonding and equipotential bonding; main bonding is a large earthing cable which connects to the main gas and water supply to maintain a safe connection to earth. Stepping down from main bonding is secondary bonding, this is a process in which all pipework and some accessible metal parts are linked together and indirectly connected to earth to reduce potential differences which will result in static discharge or electric shock.
To become an electrician in Bournemouth and the United Kingdom you must complete a course which will qualify you to the latest 17th edition wiring regulations. Electricians which have been in the trade for many years may have qualified under the 16th edition regulations and this is something to be aware of when looking to hire an tradesman. The 16th and 17th edition regulations allow electricians to carry out electrical works without issueing a safety certificate on a property. To qualify as a competent person and issue certification then an electrician must register with a competent persons scheme such as ELECSA, NAPIT or NICEIC. When a property is sold or rented, a certificate must be issued to verify its electrical safety.
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