Electrical testing and inspection of a fuse box.

Inspection & Testing

Various Services available under the Inspection & Testing Banner:

  • Electrical Condition Inspection Report (ECIR)
  • PAT Testing
  • Fire Alarm  Testing
  • AOV Testing (Automatic Opening Vents)
  • Emergency Lights

Please see below for more detailed overview of these services.  If you would like a quote, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Electrical Condition Inspection Report (ECIR)

What is a Electrical Condition Inspection Report (ECIR)?
It is vitally important that, through periodic inspection, all fixed wires, cables, accessories and switching equipment are checked and in good working order, so that the system remains safe. That’s where NRM’s Fixed Wire Testing service comes in. A thorough visual inspection is undertaken, followed by several electronic tests, which are carried out by injecting test voltages and current through the system to determine the integrity and functionality of cables, accessories and disconnection devices.
What’s involved?
This involves the inspection of every circuit within the installation from the Distribution Board right through to the end item which includes but is not limited to sockets, lights, light switches, spurs and sub-boards etc. This does require the power to all the affected circuits to be isolated for short period of time to carry out the test. This testing procedure checks all the cables that cannot be see by the eye, ie all caballing within walls and ceilings that could possible be coming to the end of its life or that could have been damaged by rodents or by some other means of accidental damage.
What we do
Through periodic fixed wire testing, NRM’s electricians will identify any potentially dangerous defects within the system that may lead to fire or injury. The benchmark for this inspection and test process is BS 7671 (The IEE Wiring Regulations), which provides guidance on how systems must be designed, installed and maintained. Deviations from this British Standard are most likely to be the cause of any problems. After the initial visual inspection, the Testing electrician will carry out several electronic tests to determine the integrity and functionality of cables, accessories and disconnection devices

PAT Testing

What is Portable Appliance Testing?
Commonly known as PAT, PAT inspection or PAT Testing, Portable Appliance Testing is the term used to describe the routine inspection of portable electrical appliances, to ensure they are safe for use. NICEIC define a portable appliance as ‘any electrical appliance which can, or is intended to, be moved whilst connected to an electrical supply’.
What’s Involved?
A PAT Test is a relatively straightforward but vital process of inspection that all portable electrical appliances should be subjected to on a regular basis. At periodic intervals, it is essential to test portable appliances to measure the degree of protection, to ensure that it is sufficient for safe use. At these intervals, a formal visual inspection is carried out, followed by a PAT test.
What we do
All of our PAT testers are fully qualified and meet PAT testing regulations. To declare an item electrically safe, NRM’s qualified electricians will carry out a thorough process of electrical testing and inspection, following a number of procedures, including a visual inspection, followed by tests to determine earth bond continuity, insulation resistance, functional tests and polarity of wiring.Fire

Alarm  Testing

What’s a Fire Alarm?
A Fire Alarm is a system which is installed within every type of premises to give an early indication of fire so that all occupants within the installation can make a safe exit. The requirements are that the building shall be designed and constructed so that there are appropriate provisions for the early warning of fire, and appropriate means of escape in case of fire from the building to a place of safety outside the building. The systems vary from site to site and from Domestic, Commercial & Industrial premises. Alarms are graded from A through to F dependant on the type of premises.
What’s Involved?
This testing requires that all parts of the Fire Alarm system are inspected and tested which includes Smoke detectors, Heat detectors, Break Glass Units, Sounders at the extremities of the system also Batteries, Lamps and 230v ac supplies at the origin of the system are also checked and tested for compliance. The testing will require the alarm to be sounded throughout the inspection to ascertain noise levels (dbs) and that full functionality is achieved.
What we do
In the first instance we would try to find a suitable time and day to carry out the testing so that disruption is kept to a minimum, we will liaise with the appointed person on site, ask to see the Fire Alarm log book (if present) to obtain correct codes for the system. We will then go around and visually check and test all relevant points within the system making a note of its location, identifying it by way of a label for ease of identification at a later date or in the event of a failure. We will also check the battery within the Alarm panel to make sure that should a power cut happen the system will not activate giving false alarms and undue panic

Contact NRM on 01603 980 333 for advice, guidance and tailored packages to ensure your electrical requirements are fully met.