What is EICR Testing?
An Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) is the inspection and testing of an electrical installation within any commercial, domestic or industrial premises.
An EICR is used to determine if the electrical systems and installations are in a safe working condition and fit for continued use, this is done by:
Visual inspection of circuits, control gear and protective devises
Electrical testing of circuits to determine if there is an adequate earth
Electrical testing to determine if there is any insulation breakdown
Polarity testing of circuits and all other appropriate tests where required
Fixed wire testing is necessary because all installations deteriorate with age, other factors include damage, wear and tear, overloading of electrical circuits, corrosion and environmental influences.
Legislation requires that all electrical installations are maintained in a safe working condition and The Electricity at Work Regulation 1989 requires that:
"As may be necessary to prevent danger, all systems shall be maintained so as to prevent, so far is reasonably practicable, such danger."
One of the best ways to ensure that electrical systems and equipment are safe is to have a regular inspections such as an EICR and PAT Testing.
You may be requested to have a fixed wire test by a licensing authority, public bodies, insurance company, mortgage lender and/or others.