42% of consumers surveyed stated they had never had their electrics checked.
59% of people do not use qualified electricians when carrying out electrical work.
48% of those surveyed did not know that their electrics should be checked at least every 10 years.
In domestic properties, periodic inspections should be carried out every 10 years (maximum). If the property is tenanted the electrical installation should be tested on each change of tenancy to assert that the installation has continued to be keep to the current standards and has not been compromised.
Why do I need to have my electrics tested?
Its important that all electrical installations are regularly inspected to ensure that any deficiencies or deterioration of the installation is observed. This particularly applies to rented property and property that is open to the public. Here owners should ensure regular periodic inspections are carried out so that tenant/public safety is not compromised.
Recommended time between tests
Is it law?
Regulation 4(2) of the Electricity at Work Regulations states:
"As may be necessary to prevent danger, all electrical
systems shall be maintained so as to prevent, so far as is
reasonably practicable, such danger."
Regulations are approved by Parliament. These are usually made under the Health and Safety at Work Act, following proposals from HSC.
Therefore it is highly recommended, particularly if the installation is being used by members of the public or employees. Failure to comply could void insurances, it may be worth checking the terms and conditions within these documents.
What is done during a test?
The periodic inspection is split into 2 parts. Firstly, we carry out a visual inspection, this would involve looking at the existing installation including removing about 30% of accessories to look behind them and verify its general condition, age and compliance with the regulations.
Secondly, we carry out, physical tests on the cabling, to ensure its condition and correct wiring. 4 to 5 different tests in total depending on the installation.
On completion, we will issue you with a certificate for the test. It would detail the circuits tested and the relevant test results. We would also list any items we found that are deemed unsafe or do not comply with current regulations.
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