How can I check if my electrics are safe?

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If a property is more than 30 years old and has the original wiring, it is likely to need updating, at least in part, to meet modern standards, including replacing the fuse box

Answered by Farrah, Electrical Safety Expert

If a property is more than 30 years old and has the original wiring, it is likely to need updating, at least in part, to meet modern standards, including replacing the fuse box.

The best way to see if the electrics are safe in your house is to get a registered electrician to conduct an EICR.

Once you've had the electrical installations in your home checked, the electrician will issue an EICR which will:

  • Record the results of the inspection and testing to make sure the electrical installation is safe to be used until the next inspection (following any work needed to make it safe)
  • Find any damage and wear and tear that might affect safety, and report it
  • Find any parts of the electrical installation that do not meet the Wiring Regulations, the national standard to which all domestic and industrial wiring must conform
  • Help find anything in the installation that may cause electric shocks and risk of electrical fire
  • Provide an important record of the installation at the time of the inspection, and for inspection testing in the future

You can find an electrician local to you here.

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