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Purchasing your electric meter box: Things to remember

 Buying an electric meter box

When buying an electric meter box to house important equipment, it is essential that you consider a number of different things. Whether you’re worried about theft or natural damage, you can ensure that your electrics are legal and secure wherever they need to be placed.

 

IP ratings

The IP rating of your electric meter box will tell you a lot about where it can be safely placed. IP ratings shouldn’t be ignored and knowing the minimum rating you can use will help you to find a box that is right for the job and within your budget.

A good IP rating for electrical boxes that are inside and under shelter is IP55, as this ensures your box is dust tight and can stand up to regular water jets fired from a nozzle. For exposure to a more powerful water jet, a rating of IP56 is best.

On the other hand, outside electric meter boxes are recommended to have the maximum level of dust protection, as well as protection from strong water jets. Boxes immersed in water will need a stronger IP rating.

 

Safety

The safety of your equipment is of the utmost importance. Thieves will try anything to get their hands on expensive electrical wiring and other electrical goods, so ensuring your boxes have apt protection is a must. There are different levels of security available depending on what type of electrical meter box you decide to buy.

Complying with current legislation is also a crucial element to consider when looking at electrical meter boxes. The British Standards are there to protect not only your equipment but your employees too, so don’t ignore them. Ensure that you have a meter box that goes above and beyond what is required of your company.

 

Durability

Whether you’re looking to house your electrics indoors or out, you’ll want a box that’s strong and durable in all weathers. Glass reinforced plastic (GRP) is an excellent material for electrical meter boxes due to its resistance to chemical corrosion, fire and vandalism. Despite all of this, the GRP material is incredibly lightweight, making it suitable for all areas.

Kingsley Plastics are Europe’s largest suppliers of Security Rated GRP & FRP Products. With installations across the world, Kingsley's designs are renowned for their quality, on-time delivery & cost competitiveness.

The well-being and security of your employees and electrical equipment shouldn’t be ignored, so make sure you’ve adhered to the necessary safety standards before investing in an electrical meter box.

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