What is Fixed Wire Testing? 

If you own a business that requires fixed wire testing, you might be wondering what it is and what’s involved. Here, we share all you need to know about fixed wire testing and why it’s so important.

What happens during fixed wire testing?

During fixed wire testing (EICR), all electrical installations will be tested by one or more engineers through visual inspections and electrical tests to ensure that they’re in safe working order.

The test will check distribution boards, main panels, lights, plug sockets, and air conditioning if you have it. Fixed wire testing does not check appliances that are plugged in, this is what a PAT test does.

Do I need to have fixed wire testing? 

Fixed wire testing is part of the assurance that your commercial building is safe for your employees, customers, and visitors and ensures that you’re compliant with health & safety regulations.

Once the test has been completed, you’ll be issued with an Electrical Inspection Condition Report (EICR) which will state the work that was carried out, any limitations, details of defects or dangerous conditions discovered, and schedules of inspections and test results.

If found to be satisfactory, this report can be used to prove your compliance.

How often is fixed wire testing required?

How often you need to have fixed wire testing carried out on your building depends on the type of business you have. For shops, retail outlets, and offices, a test is required every five years, whereas industrial premises will need to be tested every three years.

If your electrics are exposed to water e.g. a swimming pool, inspections will be required annually as this proximity to water can lead to faster deterioration.

If you require fixed wire testing, contact our team of qualified, experienced engineers today!