Accrington, United Kingdom, March 13, 2014 --(PR.com
)-- Using unqualified electricians could be the worst mistake you ever make, 24|7 Home Rescue has said.
24|7 Home Rescue, an Accrington-based firm that provides home emergency cover and appliance cover throughout the UK, made the statement as the Communities and Local Government Committee told the government to strengthen Part P building regulations, increase the public’s knowledge of Part P and improve enforcement against unqualified electricians and others who break the rules.
Hassan Khonat, 24|7 Home Rescue Global Operations Director, said: “People might think they are saving money by using unqualified electricians, but could pay for the mistake with their lives.
“Electricians may think they are reducing their overheads by sending out unqualified colleagues to perform electrical work, but the reputational damage doing so could lead to could easily spell the end of an electrician’s career.
“If the customers of unqualified electricians are lucky enough to avoid electric shocks and fires, they may instead find themselves spending a fortune on repairing shoddy and dangerous electrical work.
“Electricity is inherently risky, and any legislation that could minimise the hazards posed by electricity should be embraced.
“Like the Gas Safe Register, Part P regulations have done a lot to improve the public’s safety and to reduce the hazards posed by electricity supply. Some qualified and legitimate electricians are putting their customers in unnecessary danger by sending unqualified people to households to perform risky electrical work, and some rogue traders are persistently flouting the law and playing with their customers’ lives. We echo the Communities and Local Government Committee’s call and urge the government to address the problems the Committee identified urgently.”
Unqualified electrician warning signs
Typically, unqualified electricians will:
- ask you to pay in cash
- use a mobile phone rather than a landline
- not give you an address
- not provide any references
- not have any advertising and may not have a website
- know how much the job will cost, but will not know how much parts and labour cost
- confuse customers with jargon
- not provide consumers with any official documentation
247 Home Rescue provide home emergency cover, appliance cover and boiler breakdown cover throughout the UK. They operate on a membership basis and do not charge for parts and labour or impose call-out fees on their members. Their website can be found at http://247homerescue.co.uk.