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:
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.
To assess compliance with BS7671 (wiring regulations)
Change of occupancy of a premises
Change of use of a premises
Additions or alterations to the installation
Change in the electrical loading of the installation
Possible damage from example flooding
Renting a property
Failure to carry out testing at the recommended intervals could cause extremely dangerous electrical faults to go unnoticed and pose a real danger of electrocution or a fire. It could also invalidate insurance policies and lead to prosecution in a court of law.
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