23rd September 2019

Electric Avenue: the risks of faulty wiring

By Steve Moores, Dip CII
Account Executive
Electric testing

Electrical faults were responsible for 54% of fires in England (2015/16) and nearly 3000 of these fires were caused by faulty wiring*.

The electrics of a house will deteriorate over time, so it’s important that they are checked regularly. For homes that are not rented out, every 10 years is recommended.

The most common electrical inspection is an Electrical Inspection Condition Report (EICR). This detailed check of your home will provide you with a certificate outlining the overall condition of the electrical inspection.

Some insurers will insist on an EICR for old, thatched or listed properties because sub-standard wiring is a fire risk. Poor wiring is also a danger to life, regardless of your insurance cover, so it’s certainly worth getting the wiring checked.

The EICR report will give a code on various aspects of the wiring: 

  • A Code C1 indicates that immediate danger exists which requires urgent action.
  • A Code C2 indicates that an observed deficiency is not deemed dangerous at the time, but could be.
  • A Code C3 indicates that improvement would improve the safety of the electrical installation.

Insurers would normally require that Codes C1 and C2 are dealt with as a matter of urgency, usually within 28 days.

To find a registered electrician, visit http://www.elecsa.co.uk/Find-a-Contractor.aspx and enter your postcode.

*https://www.electricalsafetyfirst.org.uk/about-us/policies-and-research/statistics-england/