Safe Continued Use (EICR)
Electrical Saftey Inspections (EICR) Electrical repairs & Remedial work
Rental homes (EICR)
The EICR is a comprehensive check of the fixed wiring of your electrical installation. It’s a snapshot of your electrics to establish whether they’re safe for continued use and to identify any potential safety issues. It’s about checking the underlying electrical system – the wiring, the fuse board, earth bonding and all the other bits you can’t see that could be a risk – rather than whether your lights come on or not.
Around four people a day are injured or killed in fires related to electrical faults, according to government statistics. Every home should have a regular EICR check to ensure the electrics are safe.
Safe Continued use
As a landlord, you need to prove your property is safe for continued use. You don’t have to confirm the property is up to the current regulations BS7671 18th Edition but need to ensure the electrical installation is safe. This is a confusion point for many electricians who will test to the current regulations and fail the property when in many cases safe continued use it would pass with code C3 in use on the report.
We will visit your property, make a visual assessment, and then carry out a series of checks on your electrical systems. If we find any ‘code one’ problems, i.e. problems that are immediately dangerous, we will contact you without delay. We will attempt to make them safe. They’ll note any other ‘code two’ problems that are potentially dangerous, and will provide information on how to fix them at the end of the process, along with any ‘code threes’, which are recommendations not deemed unsafe.
During the visit, we will complete a seven-page report. A qualified supervisor will then sign off the information to make sure it’s correct. We as your chosen electrical company we will then provide you with a copy, following your payment for the visit and any work carried out. We will then provide you with the master certificate quote for any further remedial jobs recommended to bring your system up to standard if you require.
What do we do during an EICR?
The primary purpose of an EICR is to guarantee the safety of the residents and to ensure they are not susceptible to electrical shocks and fires
- Testing is for the Safe Continued Use
- Non-destructive Testing
- 4G Mobile Service
- Same Day Report and Certification
- Building Control Notifications
- Third-Party Inspection & Notification
- PAT,(portable appliance testing)
- Fixed Appliance Testing
- HMO, Inspection Certification
Note, we are going to check for the continued safe use, so the report is coded, and there will be advice given on what is a pass and what is a fail, some examples below.
A Code 1 (C1) observation means ‘ Danger present. Risk of injury. Immediate remedial action required.’
A C1 represents an immediate threat to safety and should be rectified or made safe as soon as possible.
An example of a C1 defect would be accessible live conductors due to damage, poorly modified enclosures or removed maintenance panels. Incorrect polarity would also attract a code C1 as it may allow conductive parts, not normally expected to be live, to become live.
C1 is an immediate threat to safety the inspector will inform the duty holder or landlord for the installation immediately, both verbally and in writing, of the risk of injury that exists. Access to the faulty circuit may even be blocked or turned off until the defect is fixed
A Code 2 (C2) is not as severe as a C1 but is still a potentially dangerous defect. It may not pose an immediate threat but is likely to become a danger in the future. A C2 is ‘Potentially dangerous – urgent remedial action required.’
The phrase “potentially dangerous”, in the C2 code is to point towards a risk of injury from contact with live parts after a sequence of events. A series of events could mean that an individual may gain access to live parts through a day to day task that would not usually be expected
Code 3 ‘Improvement recommended.’
Meaning something has been identified which does not comply with the latest regulations but is not dangerous. For example, the installation may not comply with the current version of the regulations or may have damaged fittings which do not have exposed live parts. A code C3, in itself, should not warrant an overall unsatisfactory report.
You will need to address C1, C2 and FI faults on your report to achieve compliance with electrical safety regulations. However, it’s always good practice and usually well worthwhile considering rectifying all faults on site. Remember you aren’t obliged to use the same electrical contractor to test and to carry out remedial repairs. You do not need to have the whole installation re-tested after the repairs, but you should obtain a certificate for the changed elements.
An observation code FI ‘ Further investigation required without delay.‘ for example, your electrical testing engineer has observed something carrying out the testing, for instance, circuit protective conductor high measured resistance possible loose connection.