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Homeowners with improper wiring to be sanctioned

The Energy Commission has warned that it would sanction owners of buildings that are over 10 years that have not been inspected and rewired.

The Commission has served notice that it had begun the enforcement of the Electrical Wiring Regulations 2008 which was passed in 2012.

The law requires that all buildings – both commercial and private residents – undergo inspection and rewiring every 10 years to protect occupants and prevent fire disasters.

It also requires that only properly qualified and certified professionals engage in electrical wiring and indoor installation works.

As part of enforcement of the Law, the Energy Commission says it has assigned inspectors across the country to check the status of commercial buildings, especially hotels.

After the inspection, certificates will be pasted on buildings that meet the installation requirements while those with substandard installations will be asked to correct the errors, failure of which will attract sanctions.

Currently, only 7801 electricians in the country have been certified by the Commission to undertake indoor electrical wiring.

“You need to check and be sure for your own safety that the person you are contracting to wire your company, or home has been trained and certified. That way you can be sure a good job will be done,” Programmes Officer at the Energy Commission, Stephen Yomo, told Citi Business News.

The training, the Annual Electric Wiring Certification Programme organised by the Commission is used to train electricians on well-defined standards that would promote the safety of persons, property and livestock.

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