Overtime, as technologies evolve and regulations are updated, the need for renewed Consumer Units/ Fuse Boards and their associated protection devices (fuses) increases.
Recent updates to the British Standards Wiring Regulations (BS7671) has stipulated for the majority of new, alterations and additions to circuits to be protected by means of an ‘RCD’ – something of which is unlikely to exist in a number of older Consumer Units particularly re-wireables and wooden fuse boards. The additional protection of RCD’s should not be underestimated and are considered essential devices for sockets, bathrooms, buried cables and many, many more installations.
Additionally, as of January 2016 all new Consumer Units are required to be constructed of non-combustible materials i.e. metal. The regulation was bought in as a measure to contain electrical fires with a Consumer Unit – an increasing occasion. It’s advised to follow these practices onto existing installations.
With these two recent amendments to the wiring regulations alone it leaves very few older properties/installations suitable for additions or alterations without work first being carried out at the Consumer Unit therefore it is essential when discussing and planning electrical works at your property that you first take advice on the continued use of the Consumer Unit, this is advice that we at CES can provide free of charge with no-obligation at any site visit.
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