As a homeowner or landlord it’s important to know what electrical work you can and can’t do yourself. While doing some DIY electrical work could save you money, if it’s done incorrectly, you could be putting your own life at risk.
Before completing any work, ensure that all electricity has been turned off at the properties fuse box. Making any repairs while the electricity is still flowing is extremely dangerous and should never be done. Once you have switched off the power, always double check the electrical fittings are off before starting any work.
Be sure to regularly inspect electrical fixtures and appliances within your property for any damaged wires or other signs of damage, and ensure they are quickly repaired if there are any signs of potential danger.
Within your property if you’re ever unsure of performing DIY, don’t risk trying to fix it. Instead, get in touch with a qualified electrician and ask for professional advice. Here at CEC, we are able to provide you with professional, trustworthy electricians at an affordable price.
Within the United Kingdom, Part P Building regulations offer thorough guidance on electrical safety. All electrical work you do in your home must meet the regulations to ensure everyone within your property is safe. If you complete any DIY work, and a person within your home is electrocuted, you could face prosecution if the work you have completed is deemed unsafe.
If not you do not abide by Part P Building Regulations, your local authority can enforce that the electrical work you have completed is removed from your property. Alternatively, if when performing any DIY you have not followed the document regulations and an electrical fault damages your property, your house insurance could well be deemed invalid.
Before completing any work, think about whether the work is covered by UK Building Regulations. For example, partial and full rewires will need to be given to a qualified electrician or to signed off by your local authority. If the work is not notifiable under the Building Regulations, you can do it yourself if you feel confident in your electrical skills, however this should always be done with extreme caution.
When you hire a professional electrician, they will always complete their work to the regulated standards. After that, the electrician will provide you with an Electrical Installation Certificate or Minor Work Certificate, depending on the job. They will also provide you with a Building Regulations Compliance Certificate that would confirm the work meets the required building regulations.
Alternatively, if you are a property owner who is unsure of whether your property is safe for tenants, CEC are able to provide a fully professional health and safety audit anywhere in London or surrounding areas. Get in touch with us today to see how we can help you.