We are passionate about keeping you and your family safe in and around your home. As an electrician in Lymington, we publish monthly blogs and posts on social media about electrical safety and advice. In this post we feel it is important to cover a commonly asked question – “which local electrician” you should use.
Electrical Safety First
According to research by Electrical Safety First, the Uk’s leading charity on electrical safety, a quarter of people do not use a registered electrician! In addition, a third of people have hired an electrician based on a recommendation, without checking their credentials. Of course, word of mouth recommendations are a good thing. It is however, still important that you make an informed decision yourself whether or not to use them.
Finding a Qualified Electrician
Saying this, it can be difficult to know if your electrician is legitimate without knowing the right questions to ask them. With this in mind, we have compiled some questions to ask to help you make a decision to hire them.
Are They Regulated?
A great starting point is to check that they are a registered member of an approved contractor scheme such as NICEIC. The NICEIC (The National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting) champions electrical safety and high standards in electrical services.
In our earlier post, we wrote about what it means to be an NICEIC Approved Electrician. The approved contractor scheme is for electrical contractors undertaking design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of electrical installations to BS 7671.
The scheme covers:
- electricians working on commercial and industrial installations
- electricians working on domestic installations
- electrical installation condition reporting (testing, inspection, PIRs)
- street lighting installers
- security systems installers
- any other activity covered by BS 7671
In short, choosing a registered electrician means you will get additional protections should something go wrong. Look for the logo on their website or contact the scheme directly if you want to check their registration.
They Work to the BS7671 Safety Standard
Some people feel embarrassed about checking qualifications of the person they are employing, but if you are working with a trades person who is unwilling to show you evidence of their qualification and registration status then this could be a warning sign.
Their Work is Regularly Assessed
If you are uncertain about an individual, ask them to provide references of previous happy customers. Ask these referees to explain the work they had done and how satisfied they were with the job done.
If They’re Insured, You’re Protected
Make sure you see a copy of their public liability insurance. Again, any legitimate professional electrician in Lymington will be happy to show you / email you a copy of their business insurance certificate.
Part P – It’s a Legal Requirement for Certain Electrical Work
In 2005 the Government introduced electrical safety rules into the Building Regulations for England and Wales. Because of this, most fixed electrical installation work in homes must, by law, meet the Building Regulations.
Part P states that anyone carrying out electrical installation work in a home must make sure that the work is designed and installed to protect people from fire and electric shocks.
Part P applies to any changes made to existing installations, including any rewiring. In April 2013 further changes were introduced, reducing the range of electrical installation work that is notifiable – removing some requirements in kitchens and outdoors.
Looking for an Electrician in Lymington?
We hope this post will help you decide when choosing the right electrician in Lymington. If you need a qualified electrician in Lymington and across the New Forest that you can trust, get in touch with Punton Electrics now or call us on 01590 679081.