An electrical safety law, Part P of the Building Regulations, was introduced by the Government on 1st January 2005 with the aim of further enhancing the protection of homeowners and reducing the risk of electric shock when using electricity.
The law, which applies to England and Wales aims to improve electrical safety in the home and prevent the number of accidents, which are caused by faulty electrical work.
This brings electrical work in the home under statutory control along with other types of building work, such as gas installations.
As something we use every day, it’s easy to take electricity for granted. If you attempt to do DIY electrics or use an unregistered electrician to carry out work in your home you could be putting your family’s lives at risk.
Each year around 12,500 house fires, 750 serious injuries and 10 deaths are caused by unsafe electrics in the home.
Electrical safety laws
NICEIC registered electricians have already helped to improve the standard of electrical work in the UK.
The law requires an electrician registered with a government-approved scheme, such as the one operated by NICEIC, to carry out most electrical work in the home. After completion of any work your NICEIC registered electrician will issue you with an electrical safety certificate and a Compliance Certificate to confirm it meets the requirements of the Building Regulations.
You can only carry out electrical work yourself if you can inspect and test that it is safe for use. To comply with the law you must notify your local building control office before you begin any work and pay the appropriate fee for them to inspect the work.
What will happen if you don’t follow the regulations?