An EICR inspection (also known as fixed wire testing) is essential for keeping your electrical installations safe, but how often should you have one done?
Every year? Every five years? Every ten years?
Our handy guide below will show you the frequency you should get your EICR carried out.
Why do some properties need EICRs so often?
It ultimately depends on the more high-risk the environment is. The more risk, the more frequently EICRs need to be carried out.
High-risk factors include:
- The use of flammable gases and chemicals
- Densely populated buildings
- Wet and dusty environments
How often EICR inspections (fixed wire testing) should be carried out
An EICR every year
- Petrol stations
- Hospitals (medical locations e.g. theatres)
- Cinemas (front of house)
- Swimming pools
An EICR every three years
- Spa hotels
- Leisure centres (excluding swimming pools)
- Caravan parks
- Cinema (back of house)
- Factories and industrial buildings
An EICR every five years
- Community centres
- Hospitals (general areas)
An EICR every five years (or change of tenancy)
- Houses of Multiple Occupation (HMOs)
- Rental properties
An EICR every ten years
- Domestic houses
- Domestic flats
These timescales aren't set in stone
Ultimately the engineer carrying out the testing for you will specify the recommended retest period. This will depend on the environment and the overall condition of the electrical installation.
For example, if you have an office with a very old electrical installation, your engineer may advise you have another test carried out in three years rather than five.
If you would like more information about when you need to get your electrical installations checked, we're here to help.
Contact us today to find out more about the services we provide, and to receive your bespoke EICR quote.