Part P - Electricity can kill!
Government statistics show that over 15% of all fires in UK homes are caused by electrical faults. In 2006, this resulted in 19 deaths and 1117 injuries. There were also 21 deaths and 2788 injuries caused by electric shocks in homes.
Modern living has meant we use more and recent surveys show that over 2 million homes in the UK need some kind of electrical repair. Older houses are especially at risk. For instance, just 20 years ago the average UK home had a hi-fi system and one TV or video, whereas today it is more likely that there are at least two TVs, a video, a DVD player and a computer, printer or scanner. So the possible risk of electrical accidents in the home is higher now than ever before...
*Information taken from the electricity safety council
Increasing legislation is being enforced to try and prevent a number of accidents and deaths from faulty installations and repairs. If you live in England or Wales especially, you are now required by law to use an electrician competent to current standards (PART P and 17th Edition IEE wiring regulations BS7671:2008), to carry out most electrical work. You are not only risking penalties, but also your life.