Programs Officer at the Energy Commission, Steven Nyagbe, has stated that every facility owner who needs electrical wiring in their homes should contact a certified electrician to prevent the rampant fire outbreaks in the nation.
He revealed that the commission holds examination for electricians and those who are able to sail through are given certification, thus, homeowners should ensure all their electrical wirings are being done by certified electricians.
He said this during an interview with Peace FM's Kwame Sefa Kai on the morning show 'Kokrokoo'.
According to Mr. Nyagbe, facility owners also need to pay attention to the items in their estimate for electricals and buy the exact product recommended by the certified electrician not one recommended by the market traders.
"All items should be Ghana Standard electrically approved materials not an inferior sub-standard material that could pose problems in the future," he cautioned.
He revealed that there's a law which indicates that an inspection and testing should be done by certified inspectors on all buildings that are ten years old and above. This is because research shows that after ten years, there are some defects in the electrical wiring that could pose as a fire hazard.
"That's why most buildings that burn down due to electrical faults are more than 10 years old especially, government buildings. Some are even 30 years and above but has never been inspected. Unfortunately, we have poor maintenance culture in this country", Mr. Nyagbe added.
In regards to payment, existing facilities that are 10 years and above would be paid for by the owner. However, if it's a new installation, the certified electrician working on the wiring needs to call an inspector to see that everything is according to standard, then they're issued the Installation Completion Certificate. This certificate shows the ECG and NEDco that the facility is safe to connect electricity to.
Meanwhile, facility owners who violate any of the energy commission's law can be charged with over 250 penalty units [a penalty unit costs GHc 12.00] or even be imprisoned. Electricians who also falter can face the same sanctions and in lesser charges face a disciplinary committee.
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