East of England residents champion electrical safety in the home Photo by Álvaro Serrano on Unsplash

Residents in the East of England are leading the way for electrical safety

This region is least likely to hire an unregistered electrician to save money. 

Electrical Safety Firsts survey asked people to choose between hiring a registered and an unregistered electrician to fit new wiring or install a new fuse box in their homes.

This type of work can have catastrophic consequences if done incorrectly. Such as a lethal electric shock or a fire.

Phil Buckle, the Charity’s Chief Executive said:

“Many of us consider the important things to be the most visible in our homes. TVs, games consoles, kitchen worktops. Yet some of the most important & vital components that make up a home aren’t visible at first.

“The wiring within a home is a complex and should only ever be tackled by a registered and fully competent electrician. The consequences of not doing so could very well mean that everything else goes up in smoke.”

Around 1 in 5 (21%) admitted they would choose an unregistered electrician for a cash saving. This was less than any other UK region and lower than the national average of 30%.

People living in the East are half as likely as their neighbours in London to put themselves at risk from hiring an unregistered electrician.  A shocking 42% of the capital’s residents willing to cut corners for cash.

Cheap work can be expensive to put right

The Charity asked people how significant the saving would have to be for them to choose an unregistered professional. More than a third (38%) said they’d be happy with a saving of anything under £100.

National findings reveal some people would be prepared to risk the electrical safety of their homes for a saving of £5 or less.

These are relatively small savings compared to the large bills to correct hazardous work. East of England residents were least likely to have previously paid out to fix poor quality electrical work. Only 17% of people out of pocket compared to the national average of 31%.

Technical Director at Electrical Safety First, Martyn Allen, said:

“Electrical work is amongst the most dangerous type of work to undertake in the home, and by hiring someone who isn’t up to the job, the results can be catastrophic.

“Sadly, time and time again we hear of people putting themselves in serious danger because they simply don’t understand how lethal electrical installation work can be, and also because they don’t know how to find someone competent for the job.

“People can easily find a registered electrician in their local area by visiting electricalsafetyfirst.org.uk/findanelectrician.”

Average bill to repair shoddy electrical work is £750

Across the UK, 16.4 million people have had to take matters into their own hands by fixing shoddy work left by their electrician, with an average repair bill of £750.

The Charity estimates that £2.4 billion has been spent correcting substandard work across the UK.

The safety Charity recommends that all electrical work is carried out by a registered electrician. They have the knowledge, skills and experience necessary to avoid the potentially devastating consequences of electrical work.

Martyn Allen answers the top four queries consumers face when looking to employ an electrician

Q. What are the dangers of not using a registered electrician?
A. If the risk of losing money on costly repairs isn’t worrying enough, hiring someone who isn’t up to the job could seriously damage your home and put your family at risk of electrical shock or fire. Each year, thousands of house fires are started and hundreds of people are injured or killed as a result of unsafe electrics. Last year In England there were just over 2,000 fires and 364 injuries and deaths.

Q. What types of electrical work should you use a registered electrician for?
A. We strongly recommend that you use a registered electrician to do any electrical work in or around your home. Upgrading old wiring, installing new wiring in an extension or adding extra plug sockets are all examples of work that can be extremely hazardous if done incorrectly.

Q. What are the specific benefits of using a registered electrician?
A. By choosing a registered electrician you will be protected by their insurance should something go wrong. It also means they’ve met strict qualification requirements, are regulated by the UK Government, regularly assessed, and legally required to work to certain safety standards.

When the work is finished you will receive an Electrical Installation Certificate to prove the work meets UK standards, and also a Building Regulations Compliance Certificate that confirms the work meets the Building Regulations.

Don’t rely on trusted trade websites

Q. Where can I find a registered electrician?
A. We recommend that you use an electrician registered with one of the government-approved schemes. You can find a registered electrician in your local area by visiting electrialsafetyfirst.org.uk/findanelectrician.

We strongly advise that you don’t rely on trusted trade websites where some bad tradesman can easily slip through the net. Worryingly, a recent BBC investigation uncovered people advertising their services online without any experience.