Electrical Code Upgrades
If you are a homeowner in the Fraser Valley area and you are thinking of electrical code upgrades for your residence, call 604-308-6195 to contact our electricians in Abbotsford or...
Did you know that between 2005 and 2014, at least 34 BC children died as a result of residential electrical fires according to a Report To The Chief Coroner Of British Columbia, released in March of 2016. The same report also states that of the 30% of reported BC home fires, 12% of the fires were caused by some type of heating equipment. In all, 180 residential fires due to electrical system faults are reported every year in BC. The BC Government also has a Public Safety & Emergency Services page.
Is it time to consider electrical code upgrades for your home? Some of the potential fire causes listed included:
- Inadequate wiring and panel breakers
- improper installation of electrical panels
- Defective power outlets
- Insufficient electrical code updates
Every licensed electrician in BC must be familiar with the Safety Standards Act, the Safety Standards General Regulation, the Electrical Safety Regulation, and the 2015 BC Electrical Code Changes.
Why do electrical code updates matter?
In Canada, regular Canadian electrical code updates are meant to guide the electrical industry while keeping them up to date and informed with changes and amendments that affect the function of regulations. These modifications are made from time to time to reflect new information that the industry as a whole has recognized.
Part of the function of Canadian electrical code updates is to minimize electrical-related fires and accidents related to electric shock. These changes help make the entire industry safer, not only for our electricians but consumers as well.
The importance of electrical code update information?
The electrical code was devised to establish safe work standards and to improve the awareness and prevention of electrical hazards and fires caused by electricity. Having your home updated to meet current electrical code standards means that you are providing your family with the best possible protection from electrical hazards, and protecting your home from potential property damage.
Keeping current with electrical code updates!
Keeping up with electrical code updates and bulletins related to electrical products are important to our Abbotsford electricians at Premium Electric. By doing so, we know that our skills and regulation information are always current and that whatever work we perform on your property will be conducted safely and effectively. We also offer panel upgrade services and whole house surge protection!
As regulated professionals, we’re more valuable to you as a homeowner when we’re able to:
- Ascertain that your home meets the necessary guidelines and coding for electrical panel installations and wiring.
- Complete a home inspection to ensure that your electrical system is done correctly and is secure and safe.
- Eliminate the possibility of delaying a home sale because of electrical discrepancies.
- Ensure that no loss of life, injury or liability issues may arise from any electrical work completed in your home.
If you suspect that your home or family may be at risk due to improper wiring, inadequate breaker panels, or faulty power outlets and you feel you need electrical code upgrades for your home, contact our Abbotsford electricians at 604-308-6195 or send us an email.
Our Premium Electric home electrical inspection services are conducted by fully licensed and certified Abbotsford electricians and we are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year!
Frequently Asked Questions About BC Electrical Code
Can you explain the BC Electrical Code?
The mandate of the BC the Safety Authority is to ensure that all electrical work completed by electrical contractors within the province of British Columbia is done in accordance with current regulations of the Safety Standards Act.
What size of electrical service should my home have?
Many older homes in BC have only 60-amp services. Most insurance companies (and the BC Electrical Code) requires a minimum of 100-amp electrical services for new construction. At Premium Electric, we recommend that residences be upgraded to a 200-amp service to accommodate any future electrical requirements. Only a licensed electrician should upgrade your electrical services to 200 amps.
Can I do my own electrical wiring?
This is not recommended since your insurance may be void it you encounter an electrical fire at any time in the future. The safety of your home and family should never be compromised. All electrical wiring must adhere to the BC electrical code and should only be completed by a licensed electrician.
How do I know if I need an electrical inspection?
If for any reason you suspect your electrical writing to be unsafe or not up to code, have our Abbotsford electricians conduct a thorough electrical safety inspection. Your electrician will then provide you with a complete report and will be able to recommend wiring upgrades, panel upgrades, lighting upgrades, or an electrical code upgrade.
Contact our Abbotsford electricians at 604-308-6195