Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Periodic Inspection Explained

All 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'.
A periodic inspection will:
  1. Reveal if any of your electrical circuits or equipment are overloaded.
  2. Find any potential electric shock risks and fire hazards.
  3. Identify any defective electrical work.
  4. Highlight any lack of earthing or bonding.
Tests are also carried out on wiring and fixed electrical equipment to check that they are safe. A schedule of circuits is also provided, which is invaluable for a property.
How often is a periodic inspection required? Your electrics should be inspected and tested every:
  • 10 years for an owner-occupied home.
  • 5 years for a rented home.
  • 3 years for a caravan
  • 1 year for a swimming pool.
Other times when a periodic inspection should be carried out are:
  1. When a property is being prepared for letting.
  2. Before selling a property or buying a previously-occupied property.

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