Electrical supply (fixed systems)
It is necessary to maintain fixed electrical supply systems and to ensure that any faults within these systems are dealt with promptly. The fixed electrical system incorporates the circuits from the meter and consumer unit supplying light switches, sockets and any wired-in equipment such as cookers, dishwashers and washing machines.
It is absolutely vital to carry out regular testing and inspection of your fixed electrical systems. Failing to do so could result in injury, fatality or damage to the building. Failure to undergo regular testing and inspection for long periods of time has also led to some congregations facing costs of tens of thousands of pounds to remedy faults that have been allowed to develop over the years.
The assessment and inspection of the fixed electrical supply is often called a periodic inspection. The periodic inspection will:
- Reveal if any electrical circuits or equipment are overloaded
- Find any potential electric shock risks and fire hazards
- Identify any defective electrical work
- Highlight any lack of earthing or bonding
An Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) will be provided, which will identify any of the following: Category 1 (C1, danger present), Category 2 (C2, potentially dangerous), Category 3 (C3, recommendation), or F1 (requires further investigation). Suitable arrangements must be made to correct any C1 or C2 faults without delay.
It is important to retain a copy of the EICR at least until the next periodic inspection is undertaken. It is also necessary to retain all reports and documentation relating to any repairs or upgrading of fixed electrical systems.
Who can carry out the inspection of my fixed electrical system?
Only an appropriately trained and competent electrician may inspect and test fixed electrical systems. It is strongly advised to contact The Electrical Contractors Association of Scotland (SELECT) for advice about appointing an appropriate electrician.