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Commercial & Domestic Consumer Unit Upgrade

Consumer units (fuse boards) control the electrical function of your home and detect when there is a dangerous problem. All new consumer units are fitted with RCD’s, the capabilities of an RCD far exceed any other safety function of a fuse board such as a trip switch activating or a fuse blowing as a RCD activates in less than a split second.

It is very important that you have RCD protection in your home, it could save a life. Unfortunately there are still far too many homes that require a consumer unit upgrade because they have no RCD protection, but this doesn’t always mean a whole new consumer unit so it is essential you speak to a registered, qualified electrician who can advise what needs to be done.

Commercial & Domestic Consumer unit upgrade

As of 1st January 2019 BS7671 IEE Wiring Regulations recommend surge protection devices are installed at the mains of a property to protect against transient overvoltage’s where the consequence caused by overvoltage could cause:

  • Serious injury or loss of life
  • Interruption of public services and or damage to cultural heritage
  • Result in interruption of commercial or industrial activity
  • Affect a large number of co-located individuals
  • Damaged vulnerable electrical equipment

18th Edition also recommends Arc fault detection devices as a means of providing additional protection against fire caused by arc faults in AC circuits. Examples of where such devices can be used include:

  • Premises with sleeping accommodation ie) hotels or student accommodation etc
  • Locations with a risk of fire due to the nature of processed or stored materials
  • Locations with combustible constructional materials ie) timber framed buildings or thatched roofs
  • Locations with endangering of irreplaceable goods

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