- Social awkwardness – and a reluctance to ask potentially embarrassing questions is putting millions of people at risk of electrical disaster. Asking your electrician to prove that they are registered is nothing to feel awkward about.
- While the majority of us claim to use registered tradespeople, only one in five actually ask for proof. Having someone who isn’t a registered electrician undertake work in the home increases the risk of injury, property damage and fire.
- There are some electrical jobs that by law should be carried out or checked by a registered electrician.
- For more information and to find a registered electrician in your area visit www.electricalcompetentperson.co.uk
- Know the Law
By law, homeowners and landlords must be able to prove that electrical work in their property meets certain standards. Be aware of these before inviting anyone to conduct work by visiting www.electricalcompetentperson.co.uk (England and Wales) and www.certificationregister.co.uk or www.niceic.com (Scotland) to find your electrician or check their credentials.
- Be direct
Have a phrase prepared in your mind before asking your electrician for proof of registration – something like “Before we get started, I just need to see your proof of registration documents.” This will help you be relaxed but clear and should avoid any confusion.
- Ask early
It’s easier to ask before any work has been agreed upon, so make it part of your selection process.
- Be insistent
Demand to see proof if necessary and be prepared to turn away any electrician who refuses to provide it.
- Put the emphasis on them
All registered electricians will be easily able to provide proof so will not be offended at being asked to – watch out for those that do take offence!
Remember……….keep safe out there.