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BEAMA publish Technical Bulletin

Keith Smith, BEAMA’s Deputy Director, Installation Sector said ”Much has already been written, some of it highly speculatively and potentially misleading, about the forthcoming Regulation 421.1.201 that is intended to improve fire safety in domestic premises.

“BEAMA, on behalf of the leading manufacturers of consumer units, has published a Technical Bulletin entitled ‘Enhanced Fire Safety from Consumer Units’ to give industry guidance and bring some clarity to the intended application of Regulation 421.1.201

“The content of this Technical Bulletin is fully supported and endorsed by leading industry bodies, including ECA, Electrical Safety First, IET and SELECT.

“The primary root-cause of fires in consumer units has been clearly identified as resulting from loose connections and this new regulation is intended to provide a level of enhanced fire risk protection in this event.

“A further point for clarification is that plastic enclosures manufactured from 960 degree glow-wire rated material would not be classified as ‘non-combustible’ in the context of this regulation.

“The new Regulation will be part of the Amendment 3 to BS7671 that will be published in January 2015. Full compliance with this new Regulation will be required for installations designed after 1st January 2016. However, this does not preclude compliance with this Regulation prior to this date.”

To read more from BEAMA go to: (www.beama.org.uk)

You can download a copy of the bulletin below.
Posted: 17th October 2014

For further information please contact: Hager Ltd, Hortonwood 50, Hortonwood, Telford, TF1 7FT. Telephone 01952 675612, Fax 01952 675557, Web: www.hager.co.uk, Twitter: @hageruk