Each year, 70 people die and over 350,000 are seriously injured due to electrical accidents. These figures could be significantly lower if more people used registered electricians as they know what they’re doing and ensure that any electrical circuit is working safely.
A quarter of UK adults don’t use registered electricians. Whether it’s to save money, avoid spending time looking for one or they simply don’t realise that their electrician isn’t legitimate, which is more common than you think.
We’re in a day and age where TV shows are raising awareness of unqualified traders which should be making us think twice before choosing the first electrician you find on Google. This is why when you’re thinking of hiring an electrician; you should ask them some questions just so you know you’re hiring the best person for the job.
You might be wondering what the difference is between a registered electrician and a non-registered electrician. Registered electricians are registered by the UK Government, they work to the BS7671 safety standard with their work regularly assessed and they’re insured, so if anything happens you’re completely protected.
One of the first questions you should be asking is ‘are you a registered member of one of the Government approved schemes?’ By having an electrician that’s registered, you’re covered if something goes wrong. You can always contact the scheme directly if you want to double check the electrician’s registration.
Ask about the electrician’s experience. The general rule is that the longer a person has been in service, the better they know the job so with this in mind try opting for someone who has been around for a decent amount of time and has built up enough of the right experience to get the job done. A reliable and trustworthy electrician will be open to your questions so don’t be afraid to ask about experience and references from previous customers.
Some people can feel a bit uncomfortable about asking for paperwork but for your peace of mind, it’s always the best thing to do. Checking the electrician’s credentials and qualifications just ensures that who you’re hiring is fully capable of doing the job correctly. If they refuse to show you any paperwork, this could be a warning sign.
It’s not always the person you’re speaking to on the phone who will be carrying out the work and this can be the case when the job is fairly large and a whole team turns up. Find out who will be working on the job at hand so you’re confident in knowing who will be showing up.
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