It’s important to know what your building is made of – and to share this with your provider.
‘If you’re fitting things like new sockets, lights or switches it’s very important to know what your building is made of so that you can select the appropriate product,’ says Dr Jim Glockling, Technical Director at the Fire Protection Association.
Some modern building methods such as timber frames meet the necessary fire regulations by creating fire compartments using a plasterboard envelope, he continues. Any hole made in this plasterboard wall will reduce its fire resistance and could mean that the house is no longer compliant with building regulations.
‘If you’re fitting a light switch on a stone wall you can use any one, but if it’s for a timber-framed building you need to use one with a proper fire rating that won’t weaken the wall’s fire resistance,’ Glockling advises.
You’ll also need to keep your provider up-to-date with any changes to the structure and value of your home, such as a new extension.