All electrical installations deteriorate with age and use. They should be inspected and tested at appropriate intervals to check whether they are in a satisfactory condition for continued service. Such safety checks are commonly referred to as 'Periodic Inspection and Testing' or an 'Electrical Installation Condition Report'.
An Electrical Installation Condition Report will:
Tests are also carried out on wiring and fixed electrical equipment to check that they are safe. A schedule of circuits is also provided, which is invaluable for a property.
How often is a report required?
Your electrics should be inspected and tested every:
Other times when an Electrical Condition Report should be carried out are:
Who should carry out the report and what happens?
Electrical Condition Reports should be carried out only by electrically competent persons, such as registered electricians. They will check the condition of the electrics against the UK standard for the safety of electrical installations, BS 7671 – Requirements for Electrical Installations (IEE Wiring Regulations). Members of our team have had the relevant training to undertake Electrical Condition Reporting.
The inspection takes into account all the relevant circumstances and checks on:
The competent person will then issue an Electrical Installation Condition Report detailing any observed damage, deterioration, defects, dangerous conditions and any non-compliances with the present-day safety standard that might give rise to danger.
If any dangerous or potentially dangerous condition or conditions are found, the overall condition of the electrical installation will be declared to be 'unsatisfactory', meaning that remedial action is required without delay to remove the risks to those in the premises.
For more information, please visit the Electrical Safety Council website and check out their Guide to condition reports for domestic electrical installations
If you would be interested in having an Electrical Condition Report on a property, please get in touch to discuss arranging the inspection via our contact page.