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A fixed electrical installation includes all parts of a distribution system from the main incoming supply point, through to wiring accessories such as sockets and light fittings – and everything in between.
Because the majority of this part of the installation is unseen, it is often forgotten in terms of test and inspection. The fact is that it is vitally important that all wires, cables, accessories and switching equipment are maintained well in order to ensure safety.
The process of FWT, involves a similar process to that of PAT, in that a thorough visual inspection is carried out along with electronic tests. Engineers are looking to 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 lEE 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.