All electrical installations deteriorate with age and use. They should therefore be inspected and tested at regular intervals. The IET Wiring Regulations
recommend your electrics should be inspected and tested every, 10 years for an owner-occupied home and 5 years for rented homes. There should be a label on your consumer unit or fuseboard with the
next inspection date.
The inspection checks:
Tests are also carried out on wiring and fixed electrical equipment to check that they are safe. A schedule of circuits is also provided.
Periodic inspection and testing should be carried out only by electrically competent persons, such as registered electricians. A list of registered electricians can be
found here www.electricalsafetyfirst.org.uk/find-an-electrician/
The competent person will then issue an Electrical Installation Condition Report . If anything dangerous or potentially dangerous is found, the electrical installation will be declared to be 'unsatisfactory', meaning that remedial action is required to remove the risks.
Dangers Found During Inspections
The Result of Not Having an Inspection Done