When you need an electrician most people “Google” for one or are passed a recommendation from a friend. But probably most people do not bother to check to see whether the electrician is registered with NICEIC (National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting) or similar. This body was created in 1956 to regulate the industry and to standardise training and work practises. To become an approved NICEIC contractor the electrician must :
· Ensure work is carried out to the current edition of BS 7671; the IET Wiring Regulations
· Ensure certification is issued on completion of installation work, as directed by BS 7671
· Have up-to-date copies of BS 7671
· Have competence with test instruments as outlined by Part 6 ("Inspection and Testing") of BS 7671; the IET Wiring Regulations
· Have public liability insurance of at least £2m.
In short, NICEIC registered electricians have to pass stringent inspections on their work, documentation, processes, their equipment and lots more. If they are able to meet the high standards required they will be allowed onto the register. They are then regularly inspected to ensure that they maintain these high standards. The aforementioned accreditation, NICEIC logo, can then be displayed on their website, van, uniforms, marketing etc.
NICEIC Platinum Promise
But why should you care? By law, electricians do not need to be registered with a regulatory body. But it is a good idea to choose one that is. A practical benefit of doing so is that if you have a problem with the work undertaken by a NICEIC electrical contractor , you can contact NICEIC to ask them to get involved.
NICEIC offers consumers a Platinum Promise. If you are unhappy with the work carried out by one of its registered contractors – and they agree- they will help to put it right.
Employing cheaper but unregistered electricians can lead to disaster sometimes. There are plenty of stories in the news where terrible and shoddy work carried out by so-called electricians lead to fatal consequences. The problem is that anyone can say that they are an electrician and very few householders will actually check the qualifications of the person turning up to do the work. Ensuring that your electrician is NICEIC registered demonstrates that the electrician is fully qualified (you can check the NICEIC register to be sure).
Most people know where their fuse box (or consumer unit) is in their home. It is usually found near their property entrance. A fuse box controls all of the electrical circuits in your home and is the place you should go to turn off your electrical supply in an emergency.