NAPIT, one of the leading government approved and UKAS accredited membership operators, has created a leaflet for installers to hand out to their customers on the recent changes brought about by Amendment 3 of the 17th Edition Wiring Regulations relating to consumer units.
As of the 1st January 2016, it became mandatory for any consumer units installed or replaced in domestic properties to be made of or enclosed by a non-combustible material, Ferrous Metal such as steel.
Existing plastic consumer units can be retained for alterations and additions, unless they show signs of thermal damage or the manufacturer’s design has been altered.
Electricians have been aware of the changes for a while now but in general, consumers are not aware of the changes.
Frank Bertie, NAPIT Trade Association Chairman and NAPIT Technical Director said:
“As we spent much of last year preparing installers for Amendment 3, it seemed a logical step to also provide information for householders to get to grips with the changes”
“After feedback received from NAPIT members at last year’s NAPIT EXPO…On The Road, we decided to create the leaflet in order to give a clear understanding of the regulations that are now in effect for consumer units. It is designed as a useful tool for installers to provide quality advice to consumers in a bite size format.”
The free leaflet is available to download on NAPIT’s website but we have also sent it out to our customers via email.
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