Electrical Installation Condition Reports Demystified (& 5 Signs Your Electrics Might Have Met The Beatles)

When we ask our customers about their Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR), most respond with a wide-eyed SAY WHATT?!

However, this report, no matter how mysterious, wordy and enigmatic, is one that is crucial to the safety of your home or business, and one with which we should all become acquainted.

In this blog hope to illuminate the why’s, the how’s and the when’s. We’ll also teach you how to identify if your electrics need transferring to the Museum Of Old And Potentially Hazardous Electrical Fittings.

What Is The Purpose Of An Electrical Installation Condition Report?

The (EICR) AKA Periodic Inspection Report; is a full electrical inspection service involving an in-depth examination of a property’s electrical installation. An EICR should be carried out by a qualified engineer.

Concluded with a report describing any necessary corrective work; This inspection will let you know exactly the work that needs doing, and where your property/workplace sits in regards to safety.

The aim is to ascertain the safety of all electrical circuits and appliances; safeguarding you and your family from harm.

There are six principal objects of an electrical installation condition report. They are as follows:

  1. Determine if any of electrical circuits or equipment are overloaded
  2. Ascertain the extent of any wear and damage
  3. Identify any latent safety risks, i.e., electrical shocks and burns.
  4. Expose any previous shoddy electrical work
  5. Verify the competence of earthing or bonding
  6. Check the serviceability of household equipment.

Types Of Condition Report

There are two types of EICR: A visual condition report and a periodic inspection report.

The periodic inspection report, recommended by most reputable companies, thoroughly examines the installation inside and out to seek out any hidden damage.

The visual condition report, as the name suggests, is done by expert eye-evaluation and doesn’t require any testing. However, this option is only recommended to properties up to date with testing. 

Why An Electrical Installation Condition Report Is So Easy To Forget

Usually hidden inside our cupboards, crevices and walls; cables, wiring and electrics work like secret service. With them so well concealed, it’s hardly surprising we forget to check their condition for damage or wear and tear.

However, over time (way less than you may think), the electrics in your home can become degraded and worn, and worse still, horror film, Final Destination style dangerous and life-threatening. 

Moreover, with faulty and antiquated wiring being one of the top causes of household electrical fires; it’s well worth getting a check booked in, or better still, signing up to a cover plan. 

Do Your Electrics Belong In A Museum?

The older your property, the more urgently you need an Electrical Installation Condition Report. While antiquated cast iron switches might look retro and stylish; they could be a frazzling by electrocution waiting to happen. 

1. Does your bathroom have light switches on the walls? These would have lived through the frenzy of Beatlemania! They may even have been touched by the hand of George Harrison!

2. Have you any cables surfaced in lead or fabric? These were also installed somewhere a little before the 1960s! As were those encased in black rubber. 

3. Do you have braided flex hanging from ceiling roses? Swinging 60’s, baby.

4. Does your home sport any vintage-looking brown/black switches? Er, HELLO. Brown switches could ONLY have come from the 1960s, along with brown flares and orange roll necks. 

5. And finally, perhaps your consumer unit has a wooden back? Another artefact from the 1960s that would’ve witnessed the birth of the 1960s sexual revolution!  

Aside from their place in the museum of electrical rarities, they also share one more thing in common; they probably need replacing.

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Landlords And Agents Responsibilities

With more than 12,500 fires, and 4000 injuries in British homes, yearly (most linked to faults in flexes, connectors and domestic appliances); as a landlord, or tenant, you’ll want to ensure your EICR is up to date. For everyone’s sake!

Landlords, or agents acting on their behalf, are accountable for tenants’ electrical safety. Bound by the terms of The Landlord and Tenant Act 1985; agents and landlords are legally required to carry out an EICR every five years.

Business Owners Legal Obligations

If you run a business and employ a team; under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, you are responsible for employees’ health and safety in the workplace. The same rules apply – employers are legally obliged to carry out an EICR every five years. Those who fail to do so risk prosecution for employee injury sustained at work – or worse the responsibility of a death.

In the workplace, an EICR will additionally: evaluate the sufficiency and labelling of notices and ascertain how adjustments in the use of the premises could lead to deficiencies in the electrics.

Summary

By checking the state of your cables, sockets, switches, and other accessories regularly, you GREATLY reduce the risk of a fire or injury. An electric shock via ancient installations could crisp you like a burnt sausage on the BBQ – literally. 

As a landlord or business owner, it is your legal obligation to protect your tenants and employees from electric induced injury. Aside from being legally binding, It’s also (morally) the right thing to do – nobody wants to electrocute employee of the month or set a loyal tenant aflame. It’s not nice.

To check your workplace or household appliances for safety and usability, we recommend booking an Electrical Installation Condition Report every five years (at the minimum). 

Ready To Book?

To book an Electrical Installation Condition Report, please don’t hesitate to call us on 01522 300 744. Alternatively, drop us an email via our contacts page

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