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What You Should Know About Electrical Safety Reports

An electrical safety report can sound scarier than it actually is, and knowing the basics about it will help you understand why they’re important and if you might need one.

Also known as an EICR (Electrical Installation Condition Report) or  Landlord Safety Test, an electrical safety report is something that’s carried out at certain points to check the safety of a property’s wiring. 

Who needs an Electrical Safety Report?

All homes should have one because electricity cannot be seen and you often don’t know if wiring has become dangerous until something happens that puts your safety at risk. It’s recommended that homeowners have a report done every 10 years, but that landlords have one done every 5 years. This helps ensure the safety of residents and is a good opportunity to spot any minor problems before they become major ones. 

What does an Electrical Safety Report protect against?

The main thing is a fire, which can be caused by faulty wiring or wiring that has just worn over time and is no longer safe. Because a lot of wiring at home is behind the walls, it’s really not easy to check so it can be faulty or worn away and without us realising it. 

Signs you may need your electrics and wiring inspecting

  • Your fuse box is old rather than a modern consumer unit. If this is the case it will have a wooden back, iron switches or a range of different switches. 

  • Your cables are coated in black rubber, symbolising they are very old

  • A light has stopped working even though you’ve replaced the bulb and fitting and checked the fuse

  • Your switches for your lights are old and round rather than square 

  • Your sockets are old and positioned in the skirting boards

What happens during an Electrical Safety Report?

During the EICR, a qualified electrician will inspect all of your electrics to make sure they are safe. They will record their findings and will issue you will a report. 

They will look for:

  • Wear and tear or ageing electrics that pose a safety risk

  • Damage to any of the electrics in your home

  • Wiring that doesn’t meet current safety regulations

  • Any appliances, switches or sockets in your home that may pose an electric shock risk

Looking for an electrical safety report?

At Ohms Electrical Limited, we work with homeowners and landlords across Harpenden, Luton, Caddington, Slip End, East Hyde, Tea Green, Harlington, Toddington, Houghton Regis and Dunstable, and have in-depth electrical experience. We’re qualified to undertake your Electrical Safety report, as well as any other electrical service you may need.  To get in touch, you can telephone 01582 932 533 or 01462 506352, email hello@ohms-electrical-limited.co.uk or send us a message through our online contact form.