electrical safety check

What is an electrical safety check?

If your power goes out or when you have a faulty switch, you usually do not hesitate to call an electrician to have the issue fixed. However, the same approach usually does not happen to prevent these issues from happening in the first place. An electrical safety check is more than just a switchboard test and is not just an appliance service. It’s a comprehensive service and testing of all electrical installations and fittings within the property.

Let’s take a look at what is involved, and why you should be considering one.

What is an electrical safety check?

Every two years, an electrical safety check must be carried out by a licensed electrician and must meet the requirements outlined in the Residential Tenancies Regulations 2021. An electrical safety inspection involves a review from a professional to ensure that your electrical circuits and equipment are not overloaded and represent a potential problem. During the safety check, any potential issues are reported so that hazards can be rectified immediately. This is particularly important for older houses, especially if no electrical check has been conducted for a few years.

How does it work?

During the electrical safety check, the inspector conducts a visual inspection and a number of thorough tests when the power is off. Your system is returned to its original state once the tests are finished, and you will be informed of the inspection and its ramifications.

The report you receive will often include an evaluation of the overall state of your electrical installation, including a determination of whether it is safe or requires repair. It will include a list of issues that need addressing, a summary of the test findings, and any constraints that were present at the time the tests were conducted.

Why should you conduct an electrical safety check?

An electrical safety check will give you peace of mind knowing that your loved ones are safe and sound in the house. You will want to consider getting one if:

  • You are using a large number of appliances that are more than five years old
  • You are about to sell your property
  • Your home is more than 25 years old
  • You have concerns about some equipment in your house that isn’t operating properly

An electrical safety check will ensure your family and residential property are living in a safe environment with adequate protection from electrical harm. You do not have to wait for a problem or emergency to occur before thinking about conducting one. Get in touch with our professional and experienced electrical team today.