Changes to wiring regulations have meant that there are new rules surrounding the kind of consumer units – more commonly known as fuseboxes – that can now be installed in household properties.
Amendment 3 to the BS7671:2008 Requirements for Electrical Installations (IET Wiring Regulations) was published on January 5 last year and applies to all electrical installations designed after June 30, 2015. The regulations came into full effect in January this year.
Specific changes to fuseboxes are contained within one particular regulation of this amendment (regulation 421.1.201), and this is designed to reduce the risk of domestic fires.
The regulation states that fuseboxes and similar switchgear units should be housed within an enclosure that uses non-combustible materials on its box, cover, door, hinges, handle and any other components which maintain the integrity of the unit.
The use of non-combustible materials on these units is aimed at limiting the spread of fire which may occur as a result of poorly installed connections.
The changes have been spearheaded by the trade association BEAMA, which represents manufacturers of electrical infrastructure products and systems, and the London Fire Brigade (LFB). The LFB says it has seen an increase in recent years in domestic fires caused by faulty or loose electrical connections in fuseboxes.
In the regulation, domestic premises are defined as houses, bungalows, flats, sheltered accommodation, student lets, farmhouses, static homes, houseboats, home offices, and attached garages. It also includes any outbuildings such as summerhouses and workshops where there is a possibility that fire could spread to a residential property.
At Electric City we are experienced in the installation of fuseboxes and ensure that our skilled employees use proper materials for all their work. We’re pleased that these new regulations will provide enhanced fire safety for household fuseboxes, and give further reassurance to homeowners. We are also members of the NICEIC and can certify installation and offer a guarantee.