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RCD Safety Long Term UK Campaign Means Prospects For Electrical Training!

Training for a long term career as an electrician is always a safe best, whatever the economic outlook. Electricity is an integral part of all our lives and even more so in the 21st century digital world. Your PC needs an electrical supply to function and mobiles need to be charged! It's easy to forget just how powerful and reliant we are on an uninterrupted and safe electricity supply. And how dangerous it can be!UK Wiring Rules (BS 7671, formerly the IEE Wiring Regulations) are designed to meet the modern challenge of providing a safe supply by introducing an important and necessary electrical safety device - the residual current device or RCD - into all buildings, domestic or commercial. The electrical installation industry has embraced the change because they know that RCD protection can help save lives and provide better prevention against electrical fires.For those are embarked on an electrician training course - the approved entry level qualification being the City & Guilds NVQ 2330 level 2 - knowledge and practical working with the required electrical safety regulations and protective devices is a major assessment requirement.In fact, since mid-2008, as part of any new installation, major rewire or replacement of a consumer unit, there has been a requirement in the UK Wiring Rules to provide RCD protection for virtually every socket-outlet and circuit in a domestic dwelling.However, as yet, most optimistic estimates suggest that only 25% of consumer units in the UK include an adequate level of RCD protection. It is for this reason that the Electrical Safety Council is currently mounting a major campaign to both create awareness and encourage the adoption of the RCD system, in similar way as the smoke detector is now considered as an essential safety requirement.The key message of the campaign is a basic objective of increasing RCD protection in UK homes by 10% over the next 5 years, at least !The primary target audience will be consumers who put themselves at greater risk of electrocution by using mains-powered equipment for improving their homes and maintaining their gardens - without RCD protection.The campaign will work in partnership with retail outlets, national media, electrical contractors and most importantly will harness the trained and qualified electrician to help realise the aims of a considerable challenge - and this will?