Electrical installations weaken with use and age. Therefore, they should undergo regular inspection and testing at regular intervals. This is because it ensures if the electrical installations are in satisfactory condition and suitable for continued use. These safety checks are referred commonly as periodic inspection report.
Completion of the testing and periodic inspection means you are given an EICR denoting Electrical Condition Report. Generally, a periodic inspection includes:
- If your equipment or any electrical circuit is overloaded
- Identifies defective electrical works
- Finds potential for any fire hazards or electric shock risks
- Highlight lack of bonding or earth
Tests are performed on wiring and fixed electrical equipments to check safety. Periodic inspection done is best in these reasons:
- Owner occupied home for 10 years
- Rented home for 5 years
- Caravan occupied for 3 years
- Swimming pool over a year
Other times that require periodic inspection are: when your property is all set for letting, prior to selling a property or even before buying a property that was previously occupied. The periodic inspection should be performed by people who are electrically competent such as the registered electricians. They will check the electrics condition against UK safety standard specified for electrical installations.
The inspection considers all the relevant circumstances and does the inspection on:
- The bonding and earth adequacy.
- The control and switchgear suitability. This includes replacing old fuse box, cast iron switches, etc.
- Checking the sockets, switches and light fittings for serviceability. These items may require replacing if they include: cables with fabric coating hanging to light fittings from ceiling roses, old round type pin sockets, black switches or round light switches and sockets mounted on the skirting boards.
- In case the wiring system type and its condition needs to be replaced and this may be required if the cables are in black rubber or if the cables coated in fabric or lead appear older. The modern cables use pvc long lasting insulation.
- The sockets used outdoors to supply your portable electrical equipment should be protected with a RCD- a residual current device.
- Any wear and tear deterioration or damage or if any change is done in the premises use that leads to unsafe conditions.
There is a need for a competent person to check and issue an electrical installation report specifying the condition and also to provide details of observed damage, defects, deterioration, dangerous conditions and non-compliances with daily safety standard that may result in danger. The period Inspection Report offers a complete detail about the electrical installations and also recommends replacement to ensure safety.
If they find anything potentially dangerous, the electrical installation overall condition will be declared as 'unsatisfactory'. This means there is a need for remedial action to be given without delay so that the risks are eliminated from the premises. Keeping with the 1989 work regulations regarding electricity with regular inspection and maintenance of electrical systems in all British businesses and houses are certain to ensure complete safety of your assets and your life.