It powers everything and keeps us going from our freezers, lights and household appliances. Behind the flick of a switch is a circuit board that keeps everything going hunky dory.
Fixed or Portable wires?
Let’s begin with the primary differences. Fixed wire testing is not the same as Portable Appliance Testing, even though they both test electrics. Its spelt out in the name, a fixed wire relates to the bare essentials of your buildings power and electricity circuit.
Portable electrics are your phone chargers, laptops; if it’s an electrical device you can carry then PAT testing is better. Have a look at our guide to find out what devices need testing when.
With that sorted, it’s time to ask.
Why do you need Fixed Wire Testing?
Damaged or frayed wires can lead to different calamities: power outages, damage to equipment and even fire hazards. The HSE recommend an initial visual inspection of the electrical equipment.
Look for faults such as:
Check for burn marks or staining that suggests the equipment is overheating.
That the electrical cables aren’t damaged, new cables must be replaced by a qualified professional.
All fixed electrical wiring deteriorates with time, meaning that you need to regularly test your entire electrical distribution system to ensure its full safety and compliance.
It’s often best to get tested unless you like working with candles. The ambience is great if you’re a writer, not so much as a high-stakes business.
Is Fixed Wiring Testing a legal requirement?
Fixed Wire Testing comes under the Health and Safety at work act (1974) requiring employers to make their premises safe for staff and visitors alike.
With fixed wiring, this also applies to the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 that any electrical equipment that could present a personal injury gets a proper inspection and testing.
What does fixed wire testing involve?
When an engineer comes to testing, any faults are categorised as:
C1 – Most dangerous – Immediate action – repaired on site before contractor leaves.
C2 – Requires attention but isn’t an immediate danger.
C3 – Is a suggested improvement.
It’s recommended to have fixed wire testing carried out of hours as this requires testing of all electronics and circuitry within the building.
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