Electrical Safety in UK Residential Buildings

04 October 2018

Occupants in residential buildings are protected from the risk of injury from electrocution and fire by national regulations and standards for electrical installations. This protection
covers the four main electrical risks of: Overcurrent: Electric shock: Overvoltage; and Arc faults. Whilst regulations and standards are focused on new installations, they are also
applicable to alterations and additions to existing electrical installations. However, there are many electrical installations in older residential properties which are inadequate and do not fall within current assessments that have to be made by law.

This white paper presents the relevant evidence, options and proposals for the best way to address the issue of unsafe electrical installations in older residential properties.