Consumer Units

The new 17th edition IEE Wiring Regulations (BS 7671: 2008) call for more extensive provision for RCD (residual current devices) in both domestic and non-domestic locations. Often existing cables are buried in plaster or enclosed within partition walls meaning that most circuits now need 30mA RCD protection.  It is also a requirement that all 13A sockets for use by ‘ordinary persons’ should normally be protected by a 30mA RCD, and in bathrooms, for example, RCD protection is now required for all circuits.

According to the Electrical Safetly Council, nearly half of all homes in the UK do not have adequate RCD protection at the consumer unit (fuse board).

In simple terms, an RCD is a life-saving device which is designed to prevent you from getting a fatal electric shock if you touch something live, such as a bare wire. It can also provide some protection against electrical fires. RCDs offer a level of personal protection that ordinary fuses and circuit-breakers cannot provide.

At Cabot Electrical our electricians have replaced numerous consumer units in the Bristol area, and we find that many houses have outdated boards which may be 30 or 40 years old and are extremely unsafe.

If you are in any doubt about the safety of your consumer unit give us a call and we’ll be happy to provide a no obligation quote for a safe, professionally fitted and up to date replacement.