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Electrical fires on the rise in the UK

According to data analysed by E&T, the occurrence of electrical wiring fires has grown since the government instituted measures meant to prevent them.

The findings have prompted demands for a higher standard of proficiency within the electrical safety industry and prompted inquiries over the government's decision to broaden the existing laws.

Fires related to electrical distribution commonly occur in a buildings fixed electrical components, such as wiring in distribution boards and fuse boards. In the UK, there were 3953 fires in 2021 as opposed to 3000 in 2005, the year when the government implemented Part P of the Building Regulations in England and Wales.

According to the requirements, anyone installing electrical wiring in a residence must make sure that the work is built and installed to protect people from fire and electric shocks.

The industry must "take responsibility for developing competence and setting standards within their industries," according to earlier statements from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC).

Although it is not required by law, the government advises landlords and other businesses to hire electricians who are registered with competent body schemes.

Those licensed electrical contractors are not evaluated individually; rather, each contractor has a "certified supervisor" who is expected to oversee everyone within the business. As a result, E&T discovered that in reality, contractors are frequently not given enough supervision.

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