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The 18th Edition Wiring Regulations are the latest update of The Official Requirements for Electrical Installations, which were first released in 1882. BS 7671:2018 was published on the 2nd of July 2018, with compliance compulsory for projects designed from the 1st of January 2019.
Clause 443.4 refers to the protection of electrical installations against transient overvoltage, in part due to the increasing prevalence of lightning strikes but also relating to switching loads causing transients on a network. Where overvoltage could cause serious injury or loss of human life, disruption to commercial and industrial activity or interruption of public services, the regulations now stipulate that surge protection must be provided.
Outside of these consequences, a risk assessment must be carried out to determine whether overvoltage protection is required. If deemed necessary, a surge protection device (SPD) must be installed within a suitable enclosure, designed to immediately drive any overvoltage to earth. Consumer units with pre-populated SPDs are available for new or replacement installations, whilst enclosure only units are ideal for retrofit.
There were nearly 2.5 million residential sales in the UK in 2014-15. However, research carried out by Electrical Safety First found that only 37% of buyers had the electrics checked before purchase. One in five believed that electrical checks were included in the recommended home survey report and just under half were unaware that checks were needed at all.
Over a third of home buyers then went on to discover electrical problems that they were not aware of before purchase – something that could easily be avoided by getting a registered electrician to inspect the electrics and issue an Electrical Installation Condition Report.
Electrical Safety First has found that landlords are exposing themselves to significant financial risks, from fines and invalidated insurance, through not acting on their electrical safety obligations.
Landlords are also putting millions of UK private tenants at risk of serious accident or fire. We have clarified your obligations for electrical safety in rental properties and provide a range of resources to help you keep your tenants safe.