Electrical Safety First recommends that you get your home inspected by a registered electrician every ten years if you own your own home. If you rent your home, your landlord should get the home inspected before you move in and then every 5 years.
During the inspection, the electrician will:
- identify any defective electrical work
- check for potential electrical shock risks
- check for electrical fire hazards
- make sure your electrical circuits and equipment are not overloaded
- make sure all the wiring is safe.
Appliances will not normally be tested as part of an inspection, but if the electrician suspects that they are potentially dangerous they would bring this to your attention.
At the end of the inspection, the electrician will issue an Electrical Installation Condition Report detailing any damage, defects or other problems. If the report highlights any urgent problems, they should be fixed as soon as possible.
All repair and installation work must carried out properly. Always use a contractor who is listed in the Registered Competent Persons register. This means that they are registered with one of the Government-approved schemes and can issue a certificate to prove that the work has been done to the UK national standard BS 7671 (Requirements for Electrical Installations).