Electrical safety : the French neglect the risk of fire

Since 1 July 2017, the electrical diagnosis is mandatory for homes to rent, located in multi-dwelling buildings, for which building permits have been issued prior to January 1, 1975.
The situation appears as a paradox. While each year’s 50,000 fires in homes are caused by an electrical power source, a YouGov poll carried out for the Gresel (reflection Group on electrical safety in the home), suggests that 9 out of 10 French are not worried about their installation. In addition, according to figures from the ONSE (Observatoire national electric safety), 2/3 of the housing units over 15 years old would not be without dangers.


In an attempt to provide a solution to the problem, the electrical diagnosis is mandatory entered into force July 1, 2017, for some of the accommodation available for rent. In fact, since a few days already, the diagnosis of the electrical installations must be established for any lease in a collective building, having a building permit issued prior to January 1, 1975. The obligation, it shall extend to all homes from July 2018. The diagnosis, which is valid for 6 years, should, meanwhile, be done by a certified professional.

Taken torn off, bare wires…


A diagnosis that is two birds with one stone, as Gresel (group that brings together organizations of consumers and professionals in the electricity sector) ahead of time that it will “promote awareness of the poor state of electrical installations in France, especially in the rental housing sector old”.
What is a installation at risk ?


Before diagnosis, the individual may determine if an electrical installation is defective or not, by various obvious signs. Taken torn off, bare wires, ” shots of juice “, lack of circuit breaker general… But also, less obvious, because the more complex, the absence of the electric board device differential to high sensitivity 30 mA (for the detection of leakage current), presence of electrical outlets without ground pin, the presence of fuses and not circuit breakers at the electrical panel…

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