We all know it, anything electrical should be treated with care. If wired incorrectly, your electrical system can pose a real risk of fire and shock, both with potentially fatal consequences. The evidence backs this up – every year around 12,500 house fires, 750 serious injuries and 10 deaths are caused by unsafe domestic electrical installation.
It is for this reason that, on 1st January 2005, the Government introduced Part P of the Building Regulations to help protect homeowners and their families, reducing the possibility of electric shock and other related accidents. It's called Part P because it is the part of the Building Regulations, with structure as Part A, fire safety as Part B, and so on. So what does Part P involve?
Part P requires homeowners in England and Wales to use an electrician with a Government approved scheme, such as the NICEIC, to carry out the majority of electrical work within the home. To prove that Part P of the Building Regulations has been complied with, once the electrician has completed the work, the electrician will provide you with an electrical safety certificate, as well as a compliance certificate. If you choose to do the work yourself, you are obliged by law to notify your local building control office before you start, and to pay their fee for them to inspect your work.
What Work Does Part P Cover?
Covering most of the electrical installation within your home, Part P does not apply to all minor work carried out within or outside your home, although it is worth noting that this should still comply with BS7671 wiring regulations and, with risk still involved, it is highly recommended to use professionals for this work. Minor work includes projects that do not involve the addition of a new circuit - projects such as adding or replacing the light switches, ceiling roses and plug sockets on an existing circuit.
The exception to these relaxations is minor work carried out in your kitchen and bathroom, as well as gardens and outbuildings around your property. These are considered high risk 'special locations' because of the proximity of water causing a greater risk of shock.
We would recommend that all electrical work both inside and outside of the home should be carried out by a qualified electrician, while work that is notifiable or needs to be carried out by your professional domestic electrician in Suffolk and throughout the UK by law includes:
- Installing a complete new electrical installation
- Carrying out a complete rewire
- Changing a fuse box, comsumer unit, or distribution board
- Adding a socket or outlet to an existing circuit in the kitchen, bathroom or garden *
- Installing a new electric supply to garden shed, garage, greenhouse or other outbuilding
- Installing solar photovoltaic (PV) installation to a property
- Installing electric ceiling or electric under floor heating
- Installing a socket or lighting point outdoors*
Fitting and connecting a new electric shower with a different kW rating*
- Adding a socket or light to an existing circuit in a garden shed, garage, greenhouse or other outbuilding*
- Installing a garden pond pump and connecting it to its supply
- Installing an electric sauna
* No longer notifiable from 6 April 2013
From April 2013 Part P Is Changing
Reducing the amount of electrical installation work that is affected by Part P Regulations, from 6 April 2013 minor electrical work carried out in kitchens, bathrooms and outdoors will no longer be covered by them, unless a new circuit needs to be installed. But again, even minor electrical works can prove risky, and as such the domestic electricians at Suffolk company Doyle Electrical recommend that it is worth considering using professional electricians for all electrical work in the home.
What Happens If You Don't Comply With Part P Regulations?
At the very least, without complying with Part P regulations, any work that has been carried out will not have valid certification. This could prove a problem when it comes to selling your home, as evidence will often have to be produced before your sale can proceed. You could also be fined under criminal law for up to £5,000 and you may have to have the work done again by professionals. At worst, work carried out incorrectly could prove fatal.
When Choosing Your Qualified Domestic Electrician Suffolk Is Home To Doyle Electrical
Your professional commercial and domestic electricians in Suffolk at Doyle Electrical are fully qualified and have the credentials you can trust to see you though all of the electrical work carried out safely, efficiently and in accordance with Part P Regulations.
Doyle Electrical Services Ltd have been NIC EIC Approved Contractors since 1993 we work to a continuous programme of training and development to ensure our work continues to be of the highest standards for which our customers have come to respect our domestic electricians in Suffolk, and further afield.
And with all of our work carried out to the latest 17th Edition IEE Wiring Regulations, we give a full minimum twelve month material and labour guarantee.
For All Electrical Work Including Part P Regulations, when looking for a domestic electrician Suffolk is home to the professional team at Doyle Electrical.