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Make Sure You Hire A Professional, Ask For ID

Hello and welcome to the next instalment of my blog, I really do appreciate you taking the time to read, and I hope you get as much out of it as I do.

This week I want to talk about how important it is to make sure the electrician you hire to work in your home, is a competent professional who is qualified and approved to do so.

This is actually achieved very easily by simply asking for ID. Every approved electrician out there will carry proof that they are registered on the competent persons register known as being Part P approved. To allow the electrician to successfully apply to be on this register, they must prove their competence with certificates of training and qualifications.

I carry my ID with me at all times, however I have never been asked to show it. This is very disappointing and must change. I know people will feel awkward asking for proof the tradesperson stood in front of them is competent – but people need to get over it as the consequences could be severe.

Thankfully, progress is being made. The electrical industry has observed the success of the Gas Safe Register, and is introducing a similar register for electricians, called the Electric Safe Register. The scheme is nearing completion and once live, it will be heavily marketed in various media outlets to raise awareness.

Consumers will hopefully accept the scheme, as they have with the Gas Safe Register, and not too far in the future, people will only hire an Electric Safe Electrician.

Ashley Boxall
Progressive Electrical Solutions