Fixed Wire Testing- The Definitive Guide
Carrying out essential Fixed Wire Tеѕting is not only your legal obligation, but failure to do so could be catastrophic for your business and your employees. A key part оf building mаintеnаnсе, Fixed Wire Testing involves an expert undertaking a thorough inspection оf your property’s electrical system.
An integral part of an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR), Fixed Wire Testing enables home and business owners to highlight and fix any electrical issues, before they become a problem. This means any potentially dangerous parts can be repaired before leading to possible health and safety concerns, including fire. Electrical installations deteriorate over time, so Fixed Wire Testing will allow you to establish the condition of your system.
So, which types of properties need regular Fixed Wire Testing and how often should the procedure be carried out? Well, for the most part, commercial premises should be tested every five years, including:
- Hospitality businesses, such as hotels, bars and restaurants
- Educational institutes, like schools and universities
- Offices and retail units
- Student halls of residence and HMOs (houses of multiple occupancy)
- Community spaces, such as churches and youth centres
However, buildings and sites that are exposed to the elements, moisture or dirt, are more susceptible to damage and are therefore required to carry out more frequent testing. For example, the following premises are legally obligated to carry out Fixed Wire Testing every three years:
- Spa hotels and leisure centres
- Caravans and mobile homes
- Industrial units, such as warehouses and factories
- Theatres and places of entertainment
- Garages and vehicle repair shops
- Garden centres, farms and other agricultural and horticultural venues
In addition, the following must have Fixed Wire Testing completed once a year:
- Medical locations within clinics and hospitals
- Swimming pools
- Caravan parks
- Petrol stations
If you’ve recently acquired a new building, you should get the electrics scrutinised before moving in – this will limit any disruptions down the line. Likewise, if any changes have been made to your electrical system, or damage might have occurred, you should also arrange an assessment. After your initial test, you should make sure your system is checked by an expert periodically, to ensure its safety and compliance.
This is where we come in. At Hexo Services, we can carry out your testing, fix any issues and arrange legal documentation, so you need not shop around in order to make sure your electrical system is in fit shape. To find out more about Electrical Installation Condition Reports (EICR), the services we provide, and your legal obligations, get in touch with us by emailing email@example.com, or calling 0207 3154151.