Electric fences and your home security
An electric fence is your first line of defence in securing your home!
However, few homeowners realise that there are very strict regulations governing the installation and maintenance of an electric fence.
Electric fence regulations were amended in 2011. However, at the time the regulations did not receive much attention.
The regulations that apply to electric fences are the Electrical Machinery Regulations. They fall under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, 1993.
But is it really an issue? The answer is yes! The authorities are now enforcing the regulations and many homeowners are up in arms!
Registered electric fence installers
The law requires that only certified installers may erect electric fences. Furthermore, the Association of South African Electric Fence Installers test and accredit all installers. We can now check who is a qualified installer and who is not.
You run the risk of criminal prosecution if your electric fence is not installed by a certified installer.
You don’t have to replace your old electric fence. As long as it complies with the old 1988 regulations, they are perfectly legal. However, if it does comply, there is no reason why you don’t have a COC.
What can be the result of non-compliance?
- Your insurance company can reject your claim.
- Electric fence injuries can result in an owner’s prosecution.
NHBRC ( National Home Builders Registration Council ) registered Building contractors build our homes. Furthermore, qualified, registered electricians carry out all electrical work. Only qualified, registered plumbers may do plumbing work. Furthermore, we need both electric and plumbing certificates of compliance (COCs) for our newly built homes. In coastal regions, a seller cannot sell a home without a beetle certificate.
In the same way, the newly amended regulations protect us. Therefore, if you have not complied with the regulations and don’t have a COC from a registered installer or company you are at odds with the law!