What to ask your electrician 

Before you undertake any kind of electrical work, it’s vital to ensure that the person you’ve chosen is a competent and fully qualified electrician.

According to the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, some 75% of fires in Scotland are caused by electricity, so ensuring any work is done properly by a registered electrician could save your life. 

Research by ESF claims people often feel too embarrassed to ask if someone is qualified – but with the safety of your home and loves ones at stake, it’s nothing to feel awkward about. 

Homeowners and landlords must also be able to prove that electrical work in their property meets certain standards. So to make sure you choose the right person for the job, here are some tips to help:

  • CHECK FIRST – Before inviting a company to quote, search our ‘Find a Contractor‘ database to find a SELECT registered electrician. 
  • BE DIRECT – have a question prepared, such as: “Before we get started can I see a copy of your SJIB registration card?” This is a card issued by the Scottish Joint Industry Board (SJIB) which certifies the competence of the card holder to undertake electrical work.
  • ASK EARLY – make your checks and ask your questions right at the start, before any electrical work has been agreed or undertaken. 
  • BE FIRM – a registered electrician can easily provide proof of their status. If a tradesperson is unwilling to show evidence of their qualification and registration status, it could be a warning sign. 
  • SHOP AROUND – before undertaking any work, always ensure you get at least two written quotes. 
  • GET ADVICE – if you’re not sure of anything and need more guidance, please phone us on 0131 445 5577.