Fixed Wire Testing – also referred to as an Electrical Installation Condition Survey – is the examination and testing of the circuits contained within the fabric of your building. This includes the socket outlets, lighting circuits and the various other circuits …
Fixed Wire Inspections Counting The Circuits
Over the past few weeks, there has been a noticeable increase in the number of email and telephone calls to the office requesting a quotation for a Fixed Wire inspection.
Now for us to send a quotation we always ask the question: “Do you know how many circuits require testing?” In most cases the answer is a resounding “No!“
In cases like this, we are happy to come and carry out a free, no obligation site inspection as we would be able to advise if the testing would be better to be completed out of office hours or over a weekend.
So how would you know how many circuits need testing? It is as simple as counting the switches in the distribution/circuit board. Safety is paramount, so there is no reason to take the fixing screws and lid off as that should only be done by a competent electrician.
“The number of circuits can be counted simply by opening the door!”
Now looking at a circuit board can be quite confusing, especially as there are three types of circuit breakers.
Single phase circuit breaker which has one switch.
Two pole or RCBO circuit breaker which has two switches.
Three phase circuit breakers which has three switches.
So unless you really do understand the different types of circuit breakers it is just simply a matter of counting the number of switches. On average, your house will have between 6 and 8 circuits, but your business can have hundreds over a number of different distribution boards.
“How do you know when fixed wiring testing is next due?”
If the distribution board has been done before, it will have an inspection label with the date it was last inspected and the date of next inspection. If it has not got one, it’s best to assume it has not been tested so refer to the table below for some sample Fixed Wire Testing periods.
Commercial/Educational Establishments – 5 Years
Industrial Premises – 3 Years
Hospitals – 5 Years
Hotels and Restaurants – Annually
Cinemas and Theatres- Annually
Residential Lettings – on Change of Occupancy/Yearly
Domestic Properties – 10 years
Until next time …If you’d like to know more about Fixed Wire Testing for your premises, then do call FTS Safety Solutions on 0330 6600264 or click here to ping over an email and request your free, no obligation site inspection.