Periodic Inspection ReportsAll electrical installations deteriorate with age and use. They should therefore 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’.
All electrical installations should be subject to a regular programme of testing and inspection to ensure that all necessary precautions are being taken to reduce the risk of injury or death through electrical failure.
As a property owner you are held liable for any injury or death on your property due to un-maintained electrics. A periodic protection report helps mitigate you, as a landlord, from any potential risks.
“There are around 30 deaths and 4,000 accidents annually in the UK involving electrics” – Electrical Safety Council 2013
PRW Electrical Services recommends that your electrics should be inspected and tested every:-
• 5 years for an owner-occupied home.
• 12 months for a rented property.
• When a property is being prepared for letting or change of occupant.
Who should carry out the periodic inspection and what happens?
Periodic inspection and testing 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).
The inspection takes into account all the relevant circumstances and checks on:-
• The adequacy of main equipotential bonding conductors.
• The suitability of the switchgear
• The serviceability of switches, sockets and lighting fittings
• The type of wiring system and its condition.
• Suitable residual current device (RCD) protection.
• The presence of adequate identification and notices.
• The extent of any wear and tear, damage or other deterioration.
Our electrical engineers will then issue an Electrical Installation Condition Report detailing any observed damage, deterioration, defects, dangerous conditions and any non-compliance 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.
Fees for domestic home periodic test & inspections are available upon request. We also offer comprehensive electrical maintenance contracts for landlords and letting agents of multiple properties.