It is very important to choose a good company to carry out your domestic electrical services because if you choose an unprofessional company the outcome could be potentially dangerous to you and your family.
As a father and an electrician I am always thinking about safety in and around my home. It scares me to think that there are some so-called “electricians” out there who put families like mine in danger every day by not following a few simple safety procedures. In this article I am going to talk you through a few things you can do to make sure the electrician you employ is following the IEE wiring regulations who are the UK standard to which all industrial and domestic wiring must conform.
When I say that electricians must comply with IEE wiring regulations it means that all electrical work carried out by viable practitioners is to the latest high practise procedures laid out by the IEE Wiring Regulations BS7671. Good practitioners should also keep up to date with all amendments made to these regulations therefore keeping their work safe and correct, the latest regulation is amendment 17. I know you are all thinking “how on earth am I meant to know if they are complying with these regulations?” Well, the truth is you won’t know but one of the easiest way to find out if they comply is to ask. That’s right, you read that correctly; just ask and see what their reaction is. If they look blank then you know that this is not the right electrician for you.
Of course that isn’t the only way to filter out the cowboy electricians, another great way is to go by word of mouth. Ask some of your friends who carries out their electrical services because chances are they are either going to recommend an electrician who is efficient and knows what they are doing or tell you who to stay away from. On electrical company’s websites they usually display testimonials from past customers, in my experience most of these are often genuine but this is not always the case. A good way to test their testimonials is by asking to speak to past customers and maybe arrange to go and look at their work, this way you will find out if the company is trustworthy or not.
Of course there are many other ways to find a safe and efficient electrician but I hope my suggestions will help to protect you and your family in the future.
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