What is an EICR?
An inspection and series of tests to ensure your electrical installation conforms to the current BS 7671 standards, irrespective of the age of the installation.
Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR), formally known as a (PIR) involves the testing and inspection of electrical circuits, accessories and distribution within all types of buildings.
The aspects that are covered include the following:
- Safety of persons against the effects of electric shock and burn
- Protection against damage to property by fire and heat arising from an installation defect
- Confirmation that the installation is not damaged or deteriorated so should impair safety
- Identification of non-compliances with the current edition of BS 7671, or installation defects, which may give rise to danger
- The adequacy of earthing and bonding arrangements
- The suitability of the switch and control gear, e.g. old fuse boxes, consumer units and distribution boards with wooden backs, cast-iron switches etc will need replacing
- The serviceability of switches, sockets and light fittings. All of the following may need replacing: older round-pin sockets, round light switches, cables with fabric coating hanging from ceiling roses to light fittings, black switches and sockets mounted in skirting boards
- The type of wiring system and its condition, e.g. cables coated in black rubber were phased out in the 1960s, also cables coated in lead or fabric are even older and may well need upgrading to the current PVC/PVC cabling
- That residual current devices RCD’s are used for sockets that may be used with outdoor electrical equipment
- The presence of adequate identification and notices
- The changes in use of the premises which have led to, or may lead to, problematic wiring
- Excessive overloading of circuits
- External influences
Once this inspection is complete we will provide an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) which will state that within the agreed and stated limitations, the details recorded, including the observations and recommendations, and the completed schedules of inspection and test results, give an accurate assessment of the condition of the electrical installation at the time it was inspected.
Within the report all observations relating to a concern about the safety of the installation will be coded according to the current BS7671 regulations as follows:
- Code C1 ‘Danger present’. Risk of injury. Immediate remedial action required.
- Code C2 ‘Potentially dangerous’. Urgent remedial action required
- Code C3 ‘Improvement recommended’.
- FI ‘Further Investigation Required’
If you are concerned, would like any further information or to arrange to have your electrical installation tested and assessed, please do not hesitate to call us today and we will be happy to help and advise.