"Andy Hall" wrote
| There is also a perception aspect.
| Think about gas fitting as a comparison. I bet that if I asked
| people in the plumbing section of B&Q Warehouse whether they had done
| or would consider installing a gas appliance, the vast majority would
| say no. Let's assume that people would answer honestly because the
| question is non-attributable - artificial I know, but needed to make
| the point.
| B&Q does stock most of the materials needed for installing gas
including gas fires and boilers themselves
| I suspect that for most people there is a perception that gas is
| inherently dangerous and is the preserve of the professional.
| Now consider electrical work. ...
| So essentially people are used to doing electrical work on their
| property and do not perceive this as being unsafe....
| I bet that if I were to ask the average punter whether he will take
| notice of the new regulations, the answer will be no because he has
| always done his own electrical work.
Also, even if gasfitting *was* Corgi only, it wouldn't have that big an
effect. Most households only have a boiler, cooker, lounge fire, and these
aren't moved or changed very often.
However there are many more electrical appliances and sockets and people do
move these around, change fittings, want to add a spur, etc. In many cases a
reasonable diy job is safer than a temporary lash-up with flexes round the
skirting etc. And the new regs won't stop those people who extend table lamp
flexes with terminal strip or <public information film> plug in their drill
with matchsticks instead of a proper plug </>, etc.
Provided someone uses the proper accessories and follows the Readers Digest
pictures carefully, it's difficult to do a really dangerous job. Unlike gas,
which leaks out slowly and then goes Bang! modern electrical systems are
pretty well protected with MCBs and RCDs that they are generally fail-safe.