Need an extra socket in the bedroom? How about that towel rail heater you’ve always wanted in the bathroom? Need a smoke alarm installed, or that old wiring system updated?
Domestic electrical installations are within the scope of the Building Regulations. All new domestic electrical installations, together with specific alterations and additions to current installations, will have to be inspected and comply with strict electrical safety performance standards.
The standards cover the design, installation, inspection and testing of domestic electrical work and the provision of information.
The main reason for the change was the need to reduce the hazards posed by unsafe domestic electrical installations and thereby help to reduce injuries from electrical shocks and burns. It is also hoped to reduce injuries arising from fires in dwellings due to electrical components overheating or arcing.