DID you know that the current IEE 18th Edition Wiring Regulations (the current British Standard) requires:
· Every Circuit has to be protected by an RCD or RCBO,
· Every circuit to have its own MCB,
· All installation work undertaken to be Inspected, Tested and Certified by a qualified competent person
· Under 'Building Regulations Part P'; Local Authority Building Control must be notified, depending on the location and nature of the work.
Does the fuse board in your home have any of the following features:
· Mounted on wooden back plates
· Have rewireable fuses
· Have replaceable fuse cartridges
· A single "On / Off" switch
· A removable fuse board cover / casing
· None working circuits
If you can answered yes to any of the above, you probably should consider taking the opportunity to upgrade your fuse board to a new, 18th edition compliant consumer unit as many homes in the UK still have Old Fuse Boards and/or old wiring. This can include cables coated in black rubber, material insulation, aluminium conductors, no RCD protection, no main earthing or supplementary earth bonding.
Don’t delay, take action as soon as possible. Many homes in the UK still have Old Fuse Boards and/or old wiring. This can include cables coated in black rubber, material insulation, aluminium conductors, no RCD protection, no main earthing or no supplementary earth bonding.
Why does all this matter ????
Well here’s some facts and figures ….. According to Government Statistics, 10 people die each year and 750 more are injured in accidents involving unsafe Electrical Installations. If your Installation is more than 10 years old, it may need upgrading the consumer unit or in some cases carry out a complete rewiring of your home.
And if you would like to see what we are talking about, here’s just a few examples of older style fuse boards that have become dangerous over the course of time