Avoid electrical downtime with fixed wire testing

Avoid electrical downtime with fixed wire tests

The main purpose of fixed wire testing is to ensure your electrical system is safe and compliant with the current regulations. But if you have ever experienced electrical failures at work that you wish had been avoided, you’ll understand the hassle! During these inconvenient periods of downtime, it can cost the business in expenses and loss of productivity.

The risk of electrical related issues arising can easily be avoided through simple steps and regular fixed wire testing. As you become more reliant on the fixed wire installations in your business or warehouse premises, it makes sense to look after them. We have compiled a few key steps to ensuring the health of your fixed wire systems.

Key steps to follow to keep your fixed wire installations safe:

  1. Keep them clear & clean
    Make sure the main electrical points in your home, premise or building are kept tidy and clear of unnecessary obstructions. These fixed wire systems rely on air circulation to keep it cool and this may be blocked due to other items. The areas should be clean and free of dirt or dust, and ideally should be properly sealed to avoid people without permission or any rodents from entering.
  2. Always use warning signs
    Make sure your fixed wire installations are clearly marked with the appropriate signs or labels, as this will help identify them as areas of risk to employees and the general public.
  3. Don’t overload a system without professional guidance
    If you are looking to adjust or add to your fixed wire system, consult a professional. Although this may sound like a simple idea, it is highly dangerous to the individual handling the system and puts the health and efficiency of the fixed wire system at risk. A qualified fixed wire testing engineer will be able to assist you; they will have all the appropriate tools and equipment needed to test the current system.

Ensure you have regular fixed wire testing

Fixed wire tests are effective inspection and testing of electrical installations (also known as Fixed Wire Installation Testing). During these tests, an engineer will inspect the fixed wiring through visual, electrical and circuit testing. These tests cover all the hard wiring in a building which may include; socket outlets, lighting, air conditioning, fixed plant, main panels and distribution boards.

Over time wires can deteriorate and can be deemed no longer safe or compliant in a short amount of time. Regular fixed wire testing is highly recommended as electrical safety should never be second-guessed.

How often should fixed wire testing be carried out?

The frequency of your fixed wire tests depends on the size of your building, type of premises and complexity of your fixed wire installations. However, as a general rule, you should look to have an engineer in every 1-2 years. If your premises are considered high risk, such as high water risks or exposure from sunlight/tough weather conditions, we would recommend having tests more regularly.

Fixed wire testing with Reaction Group

At Reaction Group, our experienced engineers work quickly and safely to ensure minimal disruption to you. We offer a variety of packages which are tailored to the needs of the client and are offered at a highly competitive price.

We hold all the health and safety accreditations, so you can rest assured our practices are competent and always meet the standards.

Organise fixed wire testing

To book a visit from our engineers, please email reception@reactiongrp.com or call 0203 961 5855.

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What’s the difference between fixed wire tests and PAT Testing?

PAT and fixed wire tests are often viewed as the same service, when in fact they are hugely different. Each test requires various, diverse skills and equipment to complete. Read on to help better understand the differences between PAT and fixed wire tests.

What do each of the tests cover?

Fixed wire testing covers the safety inspection and testing of electrical systems within a building. This is a legal requirement for any business or organisation and must be completed by a qualified professional.

Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) covers the testing of individual electrical appliances within a building, commonly tested items include kettles, toasters, printers, PC’s and monitors. These tests can be carried out by a competent and suitably trained responsible person or by a qualified PAT engineer.

How does your organisation pass each of these tests?

For fixed wire tests, your organisation will need to pass a certain amount of requirements, and take note and action any recommended deviations concerning flagged electrical issues that are currently safe but likely to deteriorate over time. The flagged deviations are coded in severity ranging from C1 ‘Danger Present’ to C3 ‘Improvement Recommended’, these are reviewed regularly and in line with the standards and guidance all electrical engineers should work to.

At this point, the tester can also recommend when the next test should be done, dependent on how many ‘red flags’ are brought up.

On the other hand, PAT Testing your equipment will simply receive a ‘Pass’ or ‘Fail’ and tests differ slightly dependent on the piece of equipment. In more extreme cases, the appliance may be removed from the premises in the event of it failing. Reasons an appliance can fail include;

  • The equipment not being properly set up.
  • The age of the electrical equipment.
  • Damaged equipment unsuitable for continued service.

Are Fixed Wire and PAT Tests required for all organisations?

All business owners and landlords should ensure that fixed wire tests are completed by a suitably qualified engineer; or in the case of PAT a suitably qualified or competent person. This is a requirement of The Health & Safety at Work Act 1974.

How long do the certifications last?

Although there are no legal requirements defining how often you should get your PAT Testing certificate renewed, we would highly recommend that you get your portable equipment tested a minimum of every 2 years to ensure it’s compliant and safe for use. For more high risk items, such as appliances that are exposed to harsh weather conditions, or continued regular use a professional PAT Testing company will recommend more regular tests.

Fixed wire tests are slightly different and legally requires you to get tests done every 5 years in commercial premises, however in some circumstances we would recommend you have a re-test sooner than this. This period between tests will vary dependent on the type of premises. Learn more about the importance of fixed wire testing here >>    

What is the price difference of the 2 tests?

This is completely dependent on the job at hand and will be calculated on survey or assessment. PAT Tests usually need to be done more often but are shorter jobs to complete, whereas fixed wire testing can take our engineers longer due to the complexity of the process. We can provide you with a no obligation quote and assessment of your requirements to ensure that we complete the job with as little disruption as possible. We commit to providing excellent quality of service at great value, and with a 96% customer satisfaction we really re getting there!

Can Reaction Group complete both PAT and fixed wire testing?

Yes! Our certified engineers are qualified to complete both of these tests and we are dedicated to bringing you quality, efficient service every time. Our team of fully qualified engineers are located across the UK. The team can also provide Emergency Light Testing, Fire Alarm Testing, Fire Extinguisher Servicing and we have highly skilled engineers who can repair faulty electrical systems.

If your business requires either fixed wire testing or PAT Testing, get in touch by calling us on 0203 961 5855 or emailing us here.

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How to choose a Fixed Wire Testing company?

The importance of fixed wire testing

Fixed wire inspection and testing is an important step in making sure electrical equipment works systems are efficient and fit for continued use by the owner of the premises, and anyone who may visit and work or live within the premises.

Leaving your fixed wire system unmaintained for long periods of time increases the risk of highly dangerous incidents occurring and puts the lives of you, your employees or customers at risk. To keep the premise safe and stay on the right side of the law, ensure you have an effective fixed wire testing service in place on a regular basis. Read more about fixed wire testing >

Key factors to look for when searching for a fixed wire testing company

When choosing a partner to complete your fixed wire inspection and tests, ensure you consider the following factors:

  • Are they fully accredited?
  • Do they carry out all the correct health and safety procedures?
  • Are their staff fully trained?
  • What equipment do they use?
  • Do they offer bespoke packages?

Why choose Reaction Group for your fixed wire testing?

At Reaction Group, we understand the utmost importance of a thorough fixed wire inspection and test in diagnosing any potential issues or red flags which may cause issues in the future. We put the safety of our clients, their customers and employees first, therefore we do not cut corners or skip procedures.

Reaction Group are a fully qualified company

We hold the correct, industry-wide accreditations which ensure we are health and safety approved and follow the correct procedures in terms of risk management and employee protection. These include ISO 9001, Safe Contractor Approved, ConstructionOnline, CHAS, CompEx and APEA. We are also an NICEIC Approved Contractor which means you can trust that our practices are competent and always meet the technical and safety standards.

Our talented fixed wire engineers

Our engineers all hold a minimum qualification of C&G2391 for the inspection and testing of electrical installations which means they are highly competent in performing fixed wire tests. We use the latest, handheld equipment and software which means your reports are accessible within just a few hours!

Our fixed wire testing packages

Our comprehensive packages are tailored to each business depending on the scale of the business, types of equipment being tested and the level of risk the environment which surrounds the business. For example, a high risk environment may be in an exposed or wet location whereby water is a potential hazard.

Our packages are available at a competitive price and we carry out free pre-inspection visits. And to put your mind at ease, all our work is backed by a 100% money-back guarantee.

We work quickly and efficiently to ensure there is minimal disruption to your workplace and can offer combined visits with our PAT testing and emergency lighting services, so all your maintenance is completed in one visit.

Get a quote from Reaction Group

Learn more about fixed wire testing and the service that Reaction Group provides by calling us on 0203 961 5855 or email us on reception@reactiongrp.com.