Neca Emphasises Importance Of Using Registered Electrical Contractors To Ensure Safe Homes

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NECA emphasises importance of using registered electrical contractors

to ensure safe homes  

The National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA) has released a statement today

reinforcing the need for homeowners to ensure electrical work is completed by a registered

electrical contractor, following Archicentre’s recent survey findings that nearly one-third of

Australian homes have electrical faults.

The findings, based on a survey of 100,000 homes across Australia over the past five years, link

faulty electrical wiring to many of the 11,000 house fires reported in Australia on average each

year.  The wiring is often very old and in many cases has been installed illegally.

Mr James Tinslay, chief executive officer of NECA National said, “Because of the inherent risks of

electricity, all state and territory governments have legislation in place which regulates who can

install, maintain and repair electrical installations.  Electrical installation work can only be

undertaken by licensed electricians who must comply with the Wiring Rules released by Standards

Australia in 2007 and provide customers with a Certificate of Electrical Safety that certifies their

work has been carried out in accordance with the Electricity Safety Act and Regulations.”

“Homes with faulty wiring are potential death traps for residents,” Mr Tinslay said.  “We recommend

that homeowners who are unsure of the age and quality of the wiring in their homes organise a

complete inspection of their electrical wiring by a registered electrical contractor – for the safety of

the people living in their home and their own peace of mind.” 

You can check on whether an electrician or electrical contractor is properly licensed in your state

by contacting the appropriate state or territory licensing authority listed on the NECA website at

NECA is the peak body for the electrotechnology contracting industry, representing the interests of

electrical and communications contractors Australia-wide, from employers and business people to

technicians.  The Association actively represents the needs and entitlements of contractors at all

levels of government and industry and provides more than 5,000 members nationwide with up-to-

date industry-relevant information including current training, occupational health and safety,

industrial and legislative requirements.


For further media information:

Julie Stephens, Stephens Public Relations

Tel:  (03) 9391 4603

0413 119 673

30 January 2009

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