What is Fixed Wire Testing?

Fixed Wire Testing which is formally known as an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) is the inspection and testing of an electrical installation.

Also know as:

·         Periodic Inspection and Testing

·         Electrical Testing

·        Hard Wire Testing

Fixed wire testing is used to determine if an electrical installation is 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.

Other reasons to have a fixed wire test include:

·         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

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