You cannot see electricity. Cables are usually hidden inside our walls, and consumer units are often hidden in cupboards, so it is not surprising that we forget to check the condition of our electrical installation for damage or wear and tear.

Faulty and old wiring is one of the main causes or electrical fires in properties. You can reduce the risk of a fire by checking the condition of your cables, switches, sockets and other accessories regularly.

The five main aims of a condition report are:

  1. Record the results of the inspection and testing to make sure the electrical installation is safe to be used until the next inspection (following any work needed to make it safe)
  2. Identify any damage and wear and tear that might affect safety, and report it
  3. Identify any parts of the electrical installation that do not meet the IET Wiring Regulations
  4. Help find anything that may cause electric shocks and high temperatures
  5. Provide and important record of the installation at the time of the inspection, and for inspection testing in the future.

How often is a periodic inspection required?
Your electrics should be inspected and tested every:

10 years for an owner-occupied home.
5 years for a rented home.
3 years for a caravan
1 year for a swimming pool.

Other times when a periodic inspection should be carried out are:

When a property is being prepared for letting.
Before selling a property or buying a previously-occupied property

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