There is just over a month left until the 8th of December and in anticipation of the inevitable surge on domestic fuse boards around the country the Commission for Energy Regulation (CER), Ireland’s national energy regulator, have put in place new safety legislation for electrical contractors operating in the home.
As a result, from the 1st of October 2013 only a Registered Electrical Contractors (REC) can carry out most electrical work in residential premises under Irish law. Minor electrical works such as changing switches, sockets or light fittings are not covered by this legislation. There are only two regulatory bodies approved by the CER, these are ECSSA and RECI.
Electrical installations in the home, if not properly installed and maintained, can kill. In Ireland, on average 5 people per year are killed each year in their home from either direct contact with electricity or from fires with a suspected electrical cause. This includes fires related to electrical appliances which in some cases may have been avoided by putting adequate electrical protection in place.
The primary result of this legislation is to make it illegal for anyone other than a Registered Electrical Contractor to carry out works on the distribution/fuse board in a home.
All Registered Electrical Contractors are insured and must issue the customer with a certificate of conformance to show the work is to an approved standard, thereby improving safety standards. To find a Registered Electrical Contractor please visit www.safeelectric.ie.