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Are my electrics are safe? 

Faulty electrics are a major cause of fires and injury and death each year. To see why you should have your electrics checked read here. To find out if your electrics are safe you should have suitable checks, such as Fixed Wire Testing. The inspection will verify weather your installation is safe or if there are any potential risks that could occur i.e electric shock or death.

Checks should be carried out often enough to ensure there is little chance the equipment will become unsafe between checks. It is good practice to make a decision on how often each piece of equipment should be checked, write this down, make sure checks are carried out accordingly and write down the results. You should change how often you carry out checks, according to the number and severity of faults found.

Is your work guaranteed?

Yes, because we have great confidence in our work we offer a 5 year workmanship guarantee as standard. See more here

How often do I need an electrical inspection?

This can vary depending on the type and use of premises that requires testing, you can find our summery here about what and when you need an inspection. 

How do I know if someone is competent to carry out electrical work?

A person can demonstrate competence to perform electrical work if they have successfully completed an assessed training course, run by an accredited training organisation, that included the type of work being considered. 

A successfully completed electrical apprenticeship, with some post-apprenticeship experience, is a good way of demonstrating competence for general electrical work. It is more advisable to choose an electrician who is part of an electrical governing body such as NIC EIC or NAPIT.

What is PAT Testing?

Portable appliance testing (PAT) is the term used to describe the examination of electrical appliances and equipment to ensure they are safe to use. Most electrical safety defects can be found by visual examination but some types of defect can only be found by testing. However, it is essential to understand that visual examination is an essential part of the process because some types of electrical safety defect can't be detected by testing alone.

How frequently do I need to test my electrical appliances?

The frequency of inspection and testing depends upon the type of equipment and the environment it is used in. For example, a power tool used on a construction site should be examined more frequently than a lamp in a hotel bedroom. 

What's wrong with my existing wiring?

Maybe nothing however, don't chance it! If you have not had a comprehensive condition report for your current domestic installation in the past 10 years book one today. Have a look at some of our findings in the past.

For commercial buildings, public premises and letting see more here

Do I need to test new equipment?

New equipment should be supplied in a safe condition and not require a formal portable appliance inspection or test. However, a simple visual check is recommended to verify the item is not damaged.

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