The present-day society emphasises upon safety and compliance more than anything else. A lot of norms and regulations are imposed everywhere by the Majesty’s Government in the UK only to make the country safer for its citizens. As such compared to many other nations, the UK is one of the safest countries for the people to live. The responsibility of staying safe often rests with the common people. The authorities can only impose regulations. But how the people want to stay up to date with the latest regulations and adjust their lives accordingly describes the actual picture. In this context one of the most relevant subjects that are worth mentioning is electrical safety.
Let us do a quick survey of what the authorities expect you to do to make your home free from electrical hazards.
EICR and PAT testing
According to estimations more than half the incidents of domestic fire in England are caused because of electricity. In order to put a break on electrical fires at homes the EICR test has been introduced. EICR stands for Electrical Installation Condition Report. An EICR as well as a PAT test determines the working condition of the entire fixed wiring, electrical installations as well as portable appliances in a property. Landlords have to ensure electrical safety in their rented properties. Thus, they have to arrange an EICR and a PAT every 5 years or before the commencing of a new tenancy.
These tests are the easy means for landlords to discharge their responsibilities as recognised by the law for their tenants. An EICR is a formal document which is produced after assessing the electrical installation in a property. The test must be conducted by a qualified electrician or an approved electrical contractor. In other words, it means the assessor must have cleared a course on periodic inspection and testing along with being registered to eminent bodies like the NICEIC. Along with that an assessor must have a sound knowledge as well as hands-on experience on electrical installations.
There are many reasons why a householder may request an EICR. There are also many instances where you have to document proof that your electrical installation is safe for use. One of the commonest reasons for which people request an EICR is in rented accommodations. An EICR is one of the easiest and fastest methods to prove an electrical installation is safe. An EICR is also required in every residential home every 10 years. It ensures the electrical installation is safe to use and it has not undergone any major deterioration that is worth concerning. In certain cases, an EICR may be required more often and that depends on several factors. The factors include the following –
- The age of an installation – for older installations an EICR may be required more often.
- An inspection is needed when an installation undergoes vandalism or any other type of misuse.
- Property type is also a factor, for example if your property has a swimming pool then you have to get an EICR done every 1 year. However only sections of the installation connected to the swimming pool have to be assessed in these EICRs.
The responsibility of ensuring a rental property is safe from the electrical aspect rests on the shoulders of a landlord. This responsibility includes making sure that the individual carrying any electrical work in the property is properly skilled and qualified. At the Electric Works London all our electricians are registered with the NICEIC. Hopefully this says everything about the level of expertise as well as workmanship you can expect. In other words that is to say you get services from some of the best tradesmen in the industry whenever you call this electrician services company in London.
Professional electricians registered with the NICEIC undergo regular assessment to upgrade their skills. They are also fully insured electricians. Getting any electrical work done by fully insured electricians is the best possible way as it protects you in case any problem arises in the course of work.
In order to make your home safe you must protect it from fire. Smoke alarms are designed to make you aware whenever there is the slightest chance of a fire within your property. Our expert electricians are skilled and competent in installing, testing and verification of smoke alarm systems in both residential and commercial properties. Landlords are legally bound to clauses like having mains wired smoke alarms in every room that tenants use. There must be heat alarms in kitchens as well. A reliable electrician service will not only cater to all these needs but will also provide you with a precise and tailored solution.
If a property has been rewired in the last 25 years or more then you should better get it inspected by a qualified electrician. The inspection will reveal whether it needs a rewire or not. If a rewire is necessary then whether that is a full or partial rewire. As such there is no hard and fast rule that every wiring above 25 years has to be replaced with a new one. The decision to rewire depends mainly on the condition of the existing wiring and other several factors. Worn out or outdated wiring spells danger. It is also important to upgrade the fuse box while you rewire your property.
When you rewire your home it not only makes you safe from electrical shocks and fires but also makes the property more energy efficient. In other words, your electricity utility bills get reduced in the long run. Thus, you recover the money spent on rewiring and keep building your bank account.
The Electric Works London is one of the best electrician services in London for any full house rewire project. We have handled innumerable such projects over the years. Our skilled and qualified electricians know how to make your property safe from electrical shocks, fires and short circuits. Providing quality craftsmanship and futuristic solutions at a reasonable cost that easily fits every pocket makes us distinguished from our competitors.