We now fit the fully compliant to the latest regulations metal consumer units in Oldham and throughout Greater Manchester. 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.
Fire Safety Investigations
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.
Metal consumer units 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.
Qualified Electricians For Consumer Unit Upgrades in Oldham
Only use a fully qualified electrician when replacing consumer units in Oldham, 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 17th edition dual RCD boards.)
Not sure if your fuse board is safe?
If your fuse board / fuse box has a wooden back board, cast iron or ceramic switches, or a mixture of fuses it is likely that it dates back to before the 1960s and will need to be replaced. Older fuse boards in Oldham also offer little protection from electric shock. They don’t have the protection that a new 17th edition board would have.
We provide a FREE estimate to replace existing fuse boards with a Modern Consumer Unit in Oldham and greater Manchester which provides a far greater level of protection. Our prices are affordable with a first class service.
More About Fuse Board/Consumer Unit Replacement
The consumer unit controls and isolates all electrical circuits in your home, Household modifications such as new kitchens, bathrooms, electrical sockets to name just a few may mean that your electrical system is no longer up to date. As a result your consumer unit might not be capable of carrying all the load and amount of circuits it was designed for when it was originally installed.
We often find that two or more circuits have been wired into the same fuse / MCB (Miniature Circuit Breaker) or do not have the correct rating of overload protection, leaving you and your home at risk.
RCD’s (Residual Circuit Devices)
The latest BS7671 regulations stipulate that all circuits must be protected by an RCD (Residual Circuit Device). Many homes don’t have an RCD, and this is crucial as it protects your home from and fires and protects you from fatal electric shocks.
Since 2008 RCDs have to be installed on every circuit in the home reg:522.6.7/8. BS7671- Amendment 1 2011 IEE Regulations. They are fitted into every new type 17th Edition consumer units we install and must trip if more than 30mA of fault current exists (Potentially 100mA could be fatal so this trips out before that amount can be present). The RCD must trip within 300mS (0.3s).
The latest consumer units have MCBs to protect the circuits from overload. For example if a cable is rated at 10amps then an MCB must be rated below that, so it will trip instead of the cable being overloaded and potentially causing a fire.
Contact ST Power Solutions
Do you think its time to kick your home electrics into shape? Call ST Power Solutions today.
Areas We Cover
We serve Oldham, Manchester, Newton Heath, Middleton, Ashton Under Lyne, Chadderton, Rochdale, Hyde, Stockport, Glossop, Failsworth, Huddersfield & Prestwich.