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Over the past few months Optimise Electrics have provided various solutions to saving energy in Saint Illtuds Church in the Vale of Glamorgan.

In preparation for the opening of the newly refurbished “Galley Chapel”
with a display of historic Celtic stones. Saint Illtuds Church also wanted to offer the increased visitors a warm welcome with the interior lighting.

Changes to Part P announced by the Government:

Changes have been announced to the Part P of the Building Regulations, removing the requirement to notify smaller-scale, lower risk electrical work but retaining the need for compliance with BS7671. Higher risk installations such as new circuits and work near showers and baths will remain notifiable.

The Government has also recognised the need to promote the importance of complying with Part P through the use of a suitable, competant electrician.

The changes also include provisions for setting up a third-party certification scheme, particulary for DIY work. This will allow approved individuals like Optimise Electrics to certify compliance of the work. This is due to be introduced later this year.

Warining on faulty wiring in churches:

Faulty electrical wiring is the second biggest cause of fires in churches after arson.

A system of inspection, tetsting and maintenence of electrical systems should be in place to prevent danger.

Churches and halls are regarded as commercial premises and fixed electrical installations should be inspected and tested at least every 5 years.

Optimise Electrics are fully approved to carry out all electrical inspections and electrical condition reports.

NAPIT are one of only three organisations whose members are registered to undertake this work.

Optimise Electrics can carry out all electrical inspection projects and also provide ongoing maintenance to ensure buildings comply with all the latest regulations.

Optimise Electrics have added to their registrations and are now also on the ElectricSafe register. This is a further endorsement of their comitment to provide a professional service meeting all the required standards and regulations.

ElectricSafe is a national register of Electricians in England & Wales.

The ElectricSafe Register is a single, easily recognisable brand, designed help the general public identify professional electricians, approved by a Government authorised registration body to work safely to legally required standards.

Householders are generally unaware since 2005 that the electrical industry has been under strict regulation of Part P – the section of the Building Regulations that covers electrical domestic work.

All ElectricSafe electricians meet strict qualification requirements and are assessed to ensure their ongoing competence.

Casualties Caused by Electrical Fires are on the Increase

Fire related casualties caused by faulty electrical wiring are on the increase in homes across the UK. Between 2004 and 2001, injuries in this area rose by more than a third whilst fatalities caused by faulty electrical distribution systems tripled, according to statistics from the department of communities and local government.

There were around 38,500 accidental domestic fires during 2010 – 2011. Around 22% of these were of electrical origin, with 10% caused by household wiring.

Older houses often have outdated internal wiring which can sometimes be worn, corroded or even damaged. Some properties will also have outdated fuse boards which do not contain the same safety measures of newer models, such as RCD’s. This can leave members of the household exposed to the risk of electrical fires and even electrocution.

If you’ve recently purchased a new house or even if you’ve been living in your home for years, you can’t always be sure that its electrical wiring and the fuse board that keeps it all safe has been worked on by reputable electricians. Previous owners with little or no electrical experience may even have worked on the household electrics themselves as a DIY project.

Most of us can’t be 100% sure that our electrical wiring is as safe as it could be. There could be all manner of underlying problems with your electrics which go unnoticed until something goes wrong.

It is important to ensure electrical wiring is in good working condition. If you think your home electrics could have been damaged, bodged, or have simply deteriorated over time, it’s better to be safe than sorry. So why not hire a NAPIT registered electrician to check your home is safe.

A NAPIT registered electrician will be able to check your wiring is safe and also compile an Electrical Installation Condition Report that will demonstrate the integrity of your electrics.

Is it really worth the risk? Remember, you probably won’t know whether your home electrics pose a safety hazard until something goes wrong.