We now fit fully compliant fuse boards which carry the latest regulations. The change to the regulations is due to a number of fire investigators throughout the UK noticing a recent trend with an increasing number of fires involving plastic consumer units.
The results of fire investigations where physical evidence has identified the fire originating within a plastic consumer unit is that defective connections have led to the ignition and destruction of the plastic enclosures. The fire often develops to involve the entire plastic enclosure with burning droplets of plastic falling to the floor that on occasions can start secondary fires below. Other items stored or installed adjacent to the consumer units determine how the fire develops from this point. Some of the fires have also involved gas pipes, which has significantly increased the fire development.
A new metal consumer unit would provide far more protection to your home and much more importantly, you and your family. A new consumer unit will bring your home up to current electrical safety standards.
Only use a fully qualified Part P Registered electrician when replacing a consumer unit, please don’t try to swap your fuse board yourself or have someone who can't provide any paper work and not got much experience do it for you, you don't want to risk it when it comes to electrical safety, trust us!
The simple fact is that some fuse boards have become a liability, and simply don’t comply with modern electrical health and safety requirements. So if your fuse box is out dated it could have been installed in the 1950's. (Not quite as safe as one of todays 18th edition dual RCD boards.)
We install NEW 18th Edition metallic consumer units and distribution boards, complete with RCBOs and SPDs. We can also install ARC protective devices upon request.
\We carry out a full EIC (Electrical Inspection Certificate) upon completion of the upgrade and Notify local Authority building control as standard installation.