Raven Fire & Security are accredited by the NICEIC as an electrical contractor. This is an approved contractor scheme for electrical installation businesses, this scheme ensures that our services are inspected, certifying quality is delivered to our valued customers when undertaking design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of electrical installations to BS 7671.
Raven Fire & Security have years of experience carrying out electrical testing, contact us now to enquire about having your fixed wire testing or portable appliance testing carried out.
Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) – Fixed Wire Testing
EICRs are a method of ensuring you meet The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 which is statutory, meaning it is the law. It is a report of the condition of your electrical system highlighting any defects or non-compliances.
An EICR is the inspection and testing of an electrical installation and can also be known as:
- Fixed Wire Testing
- Periodic Inspection and Testing
- Electrical Testing
- Hard Wire Testing
An EICR is used to determine if an electrical installation is in a safe working condition and fit for continued use. This is done by:
- Visual inspection of circuits, control gear and protective devises
- Electrical testing of circuits to determine if there is an adequate earth
- Electrical testing to determine if there is any insulation breakdown
- Polarity testing of circuits and all other appropriate tests where required
- Testing of RCDs
Reasons for having an EICR include:
- A request to have a fixed wire test by a licensing authority, public bodies, insurance company, mortgage lender and/or others.
- To assess compliance with BS7671 (wiring regulations)
- To prevent any costly claims against you if an incident occurs
- Change of occupancy of a premises
- Change of use of a premises
- Additions or alterations to the installation
- Change in the electrical loading of the installation
- Possible damage from example flooding
- Renting a property
Portable Appliance Testing (PAT)
PAT testing is the term used to describe the examination of electrical appliances and equipment to ensure they are safe to use. Many electrical safety defects can be found by visual examination but some types of defect can only be found by testing by a competent person. A PAT test consists of a visual inspection to check the appliance casing and flex for wear or damage. Plugs are also checked for damage, correct wiring and ensuring that the correct fuse rating is used. After the equipment has passed a visual inspection it will undergo a series of electrical tests using a fully calibrated electrical PAT tester. A label will be attached to each appliance indicating the test results any item failing the tests will be easily identifiable and should be removed from service until repaired. Detailed test results are generated and compiled for each electrical appliance and stored in our database. An appliance register, certificate and detailed test results are provided and should be retained for future reference.