Here you will find all of our latest news as well as frequently asked questions about electrical maintenance and compliance.
Monday, April 12, 2021 - 12:48
EICR - what is the meaning of the classification codes used?
Four different codes are used in an EICR inspection, which identify faulty parts of your installation. Find out more about what these codes mean.
Wednesday, April 7, 2021 - 13:35
Changes to EV grants - what you need to know
In March 2021, the Government made changes to the grants they provide to customers that will help them buy electric vehicles. Join us as we look at the changes.
Thursday, April 1, 2021 - 09:14
Hawkesworth leads the charge with EV charging point installation
Hawkesworth has added a new business stream to its portfolio of services. Find out more about our EV charging point installation and maintenance services.
Monday, March 29, 2021 - 09:03
The Government announce response to Fire Safety Consultation
The UK Government has announced that anyone caught breaching fire safety regulations could face unlimited fines. Find out more in our latest update about the new legislation.
Thursday, March 25, 2021 - 11:18
What happens if my EICR inspection comes back as unsatisfactory?
If you are a landlord, you must have an EICR carried out at each property you own every five years. What do you do if your report comes back as unsatisfactory?
Monday, March 22, 2021 - 09:39
Do I need to get hire equipment PAT tested?
Who is responsible for PAT testing (also known as electrical equipment testing) hire equipment? Is it your business or the company leasing the equipment?
Thursday, March 18, 2021 - 09:34
Is PAT testing a legal requirement for holiday lets?
Find out how to keep your self-catering apartment, Airbnb, caravan or holiday cottage safe when it comes to PAT testing requirements.
Monday, March 15, 2021 - 09:11
When should I replace my electrical equipment?
Electrical equipment does not last forever. Old and malfunctioning electrical equipment not only takes longer to work, but can be dangerous too.
Thursday, March 11, 2021 - 09:53
The future of the workplace – what will change?
The world is finally starting to open up again after lockdown. However, the pandemic has meant that the way we work in the office has permanently changed
Monday, March 8, 2021 - 09:40
EICR testing in HMOs
If you own a house in multiple occupation (HMO), you must ensure your tenants are kept safe from the risk of fire. EICR inspections can keep you compliant.
Thursday, March 4, 2021 - 08:41
Don’t cut corners on your emergency lighting
Did you know that 44% of businesses in England don’t have the correct emergency lighting installed? Find out why the correct lighting is so important.
Monday, March 1, 2021 - 10:33
Why damaged electrical cords and cables need to be replaced
Electrical cords, cables, wires and flexes can all get damaged over time. However, damaged cords not only look unsightly, but can be dangerous too.
Monday, February 22, 2021 - 10:05
Does new electrical equipment need PAT testing?
If you buy new electrical equipment for your office or building, you may be wondering if you need to get it tested before you use it. This guide will help.
Thursday, February 18, 2021 - 10:43
Fire and smoke alarms in Scotland - changes to the law
If you have a property in Scotland (either domestic or rental) the law in regard to smoke alarms is changing. This guide will explain how you can stay compliant
Monday, February 15, 2021 - 09:53
Electrical thermal imaging - what can it be used for?
In this article we take a look at electrical thermal imaging, how it can be used and the benefits it has over using EICR in certain situations.
Thursday, February 11, 2021 - 10:11
Five year fixed wire testing: How often landlords should renew their EICR
By 1 April 2021, all landlords in England must have a fixed wire testing certificate (also known as EICR) in place. You must renew this every five years by law
Monday, February 8, 2021 - 09:59
How to stay safe when working from home
Here is our guide to staying safe when working from home, and keeping your electrical equipment fully functional.
Wednesday, February 3, 2021 - 15:30
New emergency lighting guidance for facilities managers launched
In January 2021, The Society of Light and Lighting published a guidance document. This document addresses lighting in regards to facilities management companies
Monday, February 1, 2021 - 09:32
A guide to fire risk assessments for landlords
If you own a rental property, you need to ensure it is safe for your tenants. Fire can not only cause a loss of possessions but also a loss of life.
Wednesday, January 27, 2021 - 10:26
Landlords and EICR testing - EIC vs EICR
Join us as we look at the difference between EIC and EICR, and how this will affect the changes in upcoming legislation for landlords.
Thursday, January 21, 2021 - 16:39
What is a flick test?
If you are not sure what a flick (or flash) test is when it comes to emergency lighting, this short guide will help.
Monday, January 18, 2021 - 09:24
Fixed wire testing for landlords – what’s changing?
From April 2021, the fixed wire testing laws will change. This article will let you know what is changing, and how you can stay compliant as a landlord.
Tuesday, January 12, 2021 - 11:55
Changes to the Fire Risk Assessment Code of Practice (PAS 79)
In December 2020, the British Standards Institution (BSI), revised the Fire Risk Assessment Standard, also known as PAS 79. Find out more about the changes made.
Wednesday, December 16, 2020 - 10:07
The 2020 roundup
You may think 2020 has been a quiet year in the world of electrical testing… however, you would be surprised! Join us as we look at what has happened this year.
Monday, December 14, 2020 - 10:50
Landlord electrical safety certificates – the law is changing
If you own a rental property, did you know the law is changing? From April 2021, you will need a landlord electrical safety (EICR) certificate.
Monday, November 30, 2020 - 12:47
The engineer and the trouser press: Unusual electrical equipment we are asked to test
Most things we check are standard items like computer monitors and kettles. However, now and again we get asked to test things that are a little more unusual!
Wednesday, November 25, 2020 - 08:52
What are the PAT testing requirements for landlords?
If you let a property out to tenants, you need to ensure it is safe. One of the ways you can do this is by testing any electrical equipment you provide them.
Monday, November 16, 2020 - 10:33
Why do I need a PAT testing certificate?
Why do I need a certificate of compliance? Join us as we take a look at what this certificate shows and what you can do with it.
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 - 08:55
Don’t get left out in the cold when it comes to electric heater safety
Although electric heaters are a great way of heating a room, they can be dangerous if misused. Here are our top tips for ensuring you stay warm and safe.
Monday, November 9, 2020 - 12:51
Deck the halls safely this year with Hawkesworth’s free Christmas light safety guide
We have a free Christmas present for you! Sign up to our newsletter and receive your free light safety guide to help keep you safe through the festive season.
Tuesday, October 27, 2020 - 10:09
All you need to know about EICR
If you are responsible for a building, you may have heard the word ‘EICR’ mentioned. Find out more about what EICR is, and how it can keep you safe.
Tuesday, October 13, 2020 - 09:52
How often does emergency lighting need to be tested?
It is vital emergency lighting is working correctly. Find out more about emergency lighting and the frequency you need to test it to ensure it stays compliant.
Wednesday, October 7, 2020 - 09:14
Stay safe when buying electrical equipment online
Buying a cheap pair of hair straighteners or a new toaster may sound tempting, but these products can be dangerous. Find out more about shopping safely online.
Monday, September 28, 2020 - 14:33
PAT testing and the law
What are your legal obligations as duty-holder when it comes to PAT testing? Find out your requirements in our short guide.
Monday, September 28, 2020 - 10:14
1 in 12 people leave their phone charging under their pillow
8% of the population of the UK leave their phone charging under their pillow when they go to sleep, our exclusive survey has revealed.
Tuesday, September 22, 2020 - 10:47
What needs PAT testing?
View our short guide to see what needs to be included if you are organising PAT testing (also known as electrical equipment testing) for your business.
Monday, September 21, 2020 - 11:51
A guide to PAT testing in the office
Health & Safety in the office is essential. One of the ways you can keep your staff and building safe is by PAT testing your electrical appliances.
Wednesday, September 16, 2020 - 09:53
Electrical equipment testing in schools - keep safe from the risk of fire
Find out why electrical equipment testing (also known as PAT testing) is so important in schools, in order to help reduce the risk of fire
Monday, September 7, 2020 - 10:00
How often should I get an EICR?
An EICR inspection is essential for keeping your electrical installations safe, but how often should you have one done? Our handy guide will show you.
Thursday, September 3, 2020 - 10:43
A guide to EICR for landlords
If you own a property or HMO, there are laws in place to help ensure the safety of your tenants. Find out more about EICR regulations.
Monday, August 24, 2020 - 10:27
Fire safety in the office – five ways you can prevent the risk of fire
All fires are devastating, but a fire happening to your business can result in the loss of assets, structural damage to your building and potential loss of life
Tuesday, February 18, 2020 - 06:04
Do I need to install a fire alarm?
Having a fire alarm is a legal requirement for premises that need them, but many employers are not certain whether they need one installing or not.
Tuesday, October 1, 2019 - 14:00
Everything you need to know about electrical equipment inspection
This article will answer your frequently asked questions about electrical equipment inspection (PAT testing), including what is involved & what needs testing.