DID YOU CHECK THE ELECTRICAL INSTALLATION OF YOUR HOME?

Many electric shocks and hundreds of fires from electrical causes occur every year in Greek homes. It is a pity that human lives and property are being lost today due to the misuse of electricity. This form tries to help raise awareness - inform the owners to avoid these unpleasant situations.

The aim is to present the risks arising from uncontrolled household electrical installations and the benefits that can accrue from the systematic inspection – re-inspection.

This informative effort is made by the CDA(*) with the assistance of HEDNO(**) and with the funding of the European Copper Institute.

 

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The dangers and problems that can arise from an uncontrolled household electrical installation can be:

  •  Electric shock (injury or loss of life) to humans and animals.
  •  Fires or burns from electrical causes.
  •  Damage or destruction to electrical or electronic devices.
  •  Excessive power consumption from leaks.
  •  Legal consequences for the owner - user or electrician, after finding that the installation does not comply with the requirements of the Legislation in cases of damage to third parties (death, bodily injury, damage to facilities / things) but also in cases of termination or ex-officio control specifically for the electrician.

 

Electrical safety at home means checking the electrical installation.

 

The benefits of a well-tested household electrical installation:

  • Increased safety in the use of electricity.
  • Reduce the risk of damage and malfunction of electrical or electronic devices.
  • Make sure that electricity is consumed where it should be, when it should be and when it is needed.
  • Avoiding consequences for non-compliance with the Legislation.

 

Electrical safety at home, only with tested electrical installation.

 

Responsibilities for the safety of household electrical installations do not belong to the generators and distributors of electricity, but to the owners / users of the installations and their electricians:

It should be widely known that electricity generators and distributors have security responsibilities for the grid up to the electricity meter. They are not quality and safety controllers of the internal electrical installations, therefore neither of the domestic ones. Responsibilities for safety and in general for the electrical installation after the meter belong to the owners / users of the installations and their electricians.

 

The safety of household electrical installations is established only by systematic inspections - re-inspections:

For each new installation, or after each change of an existing installation, an initial inspection or re-inspection is required, based on the current Legislation. These inspections must be carried out under the responsibility of a licensed electrician with the Legal Qualifications.

 

Also, according to the current Legislation, in order to maintain a safe and lawful installation, it should be re-checked with positive results at intervals whose maximum limits are defined by Legislation. For homes, their re-inspection is set to take place at least every 14 years.

Re-inspections should be ordered by the owner or user of the installation to a licensed electrician who, as above, has the Legal Qualifications.

The results of the initial inspection or re-inspection which prove that the installation is safe are recorded by the electrician who checked it in the Licensed Electrician Certification (LEC).

The LEC must be signed by the owner or user of the installation and submitted

within one year to the Unified Register of Electrical Installations. This Register is kept in the local units of HEDNO until the process of its establishment in the Industry Support Directorate of the General Secretariat of Industry is completed.

With the LEC, the electrician who designed it and the owner or user of the installation who signed it assume responsibility for its safe operation for the period of validity of the LEC.

 

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The legislated requirements that exist regarding the controls - re-inspections of electrical installations and the consequences from their non-observance:

With Law 4483/1965 (Government Gazette A 118/1965) the obligation and the responsibility for the inspection and re-inspection of the electrical installations was transferred from the then Ministry of Industry to the manufacturers of electrical installations and their owners - users and established the Licensed Electrician Certification (LEC).

If after an accident or accident due to electrical causes or after a complaint or ex-officio inspection, it is found, during the inspection of the installation, the non-observance of the Legislation can result in the following results:

  • Financial and criminal sanctions for the electrician who has checked it and has signed the LEC (Law 3982, Government Gazette A '143/2011).
  • Financial and criminal sanctions for the owner / user of the installation if there is damage to third parties and the non-electrification or interruption of electrification of the installation.
  • The non-electrification or interruption of electrification of the installation.

 

(*) CDA: Copper Development Association.

(**) HEDNO SA: Hellenic Electricity Distribution Network Operator SA

 

Improving and certifying the electrical safety of household electrical installations with systematic inspections - re-inspections is in everyone's interest !!

We must all strive to improve the safety and legality of our home electrical installations.

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