As we know, electricity is not physically visible, so it can be a common error of many to turn a blind eye to the condition of electrical items and /or installations based at your premises. Especially when dealing with a DB hidden away in a plant room or shelved up high in a cupboard. Old and faulty wiring is absolutely one of the main causes of fires in the workplace, alongside faulty electrical appliances.
One sure-fire way of counteracting these known faults, is to have a skilled and competent electrical professional carry out what is known as Fixed Wire Testing, this to obtain your Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR).
What do you gain from Fixed Wire Testing / an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR)?
The following are the 5 main reasons you need Fixed Wire Testing / an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR)
To have a record of of the results from inspection and testing, ensuring that electrical installations are safe for use in the lead up to the next scheduled inspection.
To identify any sign of damage and / or wear and tear that could affect the safety of occupants, making sure all is recorded and reported.
To locate, identify and report any elements of an electrical installation that don't meet current IET guidelines.
To find and report any parts of electrical installations that could have the potential to electrically shock, or have an abnormally high temperature.
Having an integral piece of evidence documented and recorded on file, to show accurately when and where testing was carried out, for any future inspections and or / auditor to look at.
Don't forget - No matter what the age of your electrical installations, they are all still very much susceptible to damage, and unfortunately, will 100% fall victim to wear and tear as years go by. With that being said, it is crucial that you take steps to making sure that you have a competent and professional electrician check condition of all fixtures on a routinely basis.
P.S. - If you are moving into a new property, having the condition of your electrical installations checked right away should be high priority.
If you have any questions or think that you may require an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) / Fixed Wire Testing, please don't hesitate to call - 01604 696113. We are always happy to help in whatever way we can.