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Why UK premises owners can’t ignore fixed wire electrical inspections

23 July 2020

It’s easy for UK business owners to overlook the importance and benefits of fixed wire electrical inspections.

   The law on the subject is often viewed as unclear, leaving many to ignore the safety aspects of regular testing altogether.

Beyond that, though, there are real and tangible benefits your business can benefit from by having a skilled team do the work for you.

Wiring: A logistical challenge

Fixed wiring tests are a little different from portable equipment that just needs a straightforward PAT test.

Depending on how the wiring was installed in your property, fixed wire testing is something that really needs a professional to make the task easy and possible to do with minimal disruption.

Visual inspections aren’t quite enough to get the job done properly. A combined inspection by a professional according to a schedule is important if you want to tie your findings into a risk assessment – and if you want to obtain any advice on how to change your wiring for your safety and financial reasons.

It’s safer – and that matters

We often take our wiring for granted at home and business owners are no exception.

Generally speaking, appliances that used electrics are quite safe and many faults that do occur can’t be detected by just performing a visual appraisal.

Some of these faults can be very dangerous if left alone, contributing to the annual rate of electrical injuries and even deaths in the UK due to faulty equipment.

The most common incident that could be avoided by regular fixed wire electrical inspections is electrical fires, making regular tests important in protecting your assets and the continuity of your business service.

A competent eye saves you money

It’s important that you have your testing performed by a trusted and capable company; that much is obvious.

You need to ensure that your testers are certified and that their inspections are thorough enough to ensure the safety of your property and its wiring.

Beyond that, though, you will benefit from a solid provider of testing through the recommendations they’ll make along the way.

Fixed wire electrical systems aren’t always installed perfectly and their performance can degrade over time, leaving you with important systems running in a manner that costs you more in maintenance and electricity each month.

This can cost you real money. You’ll also often find that an inspector who knows their stuff will be able to give you recommendations on what systems to upgrade and when, such as improving your lighting to more energy-efficient and modern products.

You only have to google case studies on how much money this can save you – it can be a staggering amount.

And there you have it

Simple, important and easily understood reasons on why you should step up the testing and inspection of your electricals.

It’s safe, it helps your business operate better and it can even save you significant amounts of money over time.

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