3rd Amendment To British Standards 7671 And You
You have probably heard about an amendment to the IET Wiring regulations. You probably may not have paid attention because you thought that the amendments did not directly affect you. That’s not entirely true. Rules target electrical contractors and engineers as well as the consumer. Furthermore, these rules protect the consumers. Allow me to bring you up to speed with the regulations.
The British Standards 7671 regulations supply circuits of 1000 volts AC or Direct Currents (D.C) of 1500 volts or less. This regulation covers the house you live in, the office you work in or even your business premises. The regulations started off as ‘Rules and Regulations for the Prevention of Fire Risks arising from Electric Lightning’ in the year 1882. The rules, however, does not accepts as British Standards until 1992, 16 editions down the line. The current amendments issued last 2008. It updates in January 2015. However, the amendments took effect last July 2015. The enforcement of others started last January 2016 when the rules hence take full effect.
While most of the amendments affect electrical contractors in terms of how they design and install electrical fittings and the definitions concerning their skill, others affect you more directly. All outlet sockets of 20A or more be RCD protects you from electric shocks is one such regulation.
The exemptions to these regulations are clearly identified or marked sockets for specific appliances or where a risk assessment has been done on a premise that is not a dwelling and it has been determined that RCD protection is not necessary.
Additionally, consumer units or switch gear enclosure that is made of non-combustible material or be enclosed in a non-combustible cabinet takes effect on January 2016. Large number of fires caused by overheating of consumer units in dwellings inspires this. Therefore, when you sees metal consumer unit into a house that you move into, remember that the law makes with your safety in mind.
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