The electrical inspection is a routine part of an electricians’ job. But, no matter how many inspections you do in a year, it’s important not to forget to follow recommended safety guidelines. From questions to ask during an inspection to general safety tips, this checklist is a quick reference you can use before your next job.
13 Questions to Answer during an Electrical Inspection
When you are conducting an electrical inspection, you will need to gather information about the building and its current wiring system.
By answering these 13 questions, you will be ready to get to work.
- What type of occupancy is this?
- What types of wiring methods are being used?
- Is the wiring method suitable for the location?
- Are the wirings secured, supported and protected properly?
- Does the installation match what is shown on the structure’s blueprints?
- Are there any special grounding or bonding requirements?
- Is the work up to par?
- Are the fittings tight?
- Is corrosion a concern?
- Are concrete-encased electrodes present?
- Is the electrical installation covered by the National Electrical Code?
- Is the installed equipment suitable for use?
- Does the wiring method protect from physical damage where needed or required?
Important Electrical Inspection Safety Tips
There are several central rules to electrical work, which you should remember every time you start a job.
- Make an escape plan: know how you will turn and move away from equipment if something goes wrong
- Always wear safety gear: equipment, such as eye protection, protective clothing, gloves and grounding straps, should be used
- Do a hazard assessment first: perform a risk assessment for electrical explosion, arcing or fires
- Make a ground path to prevent electrocution: current must have an easy path to the earth should a short circuit occur
- Be mindful of wet surfaces and condensation: never touch electrical equipment when standing on a wet surface
Red Flags every Electrician should Recognize
- Gaps or missing grounding systems
- Cracking or popping noises
- Evidence of overheating
- Rust or corrosion
- Old or obsolete electrical components
- Loose, small or upside-down panel
- Unlabeled circuits
- Improperly sized circuit breakers
- Damaged wires
If you are an experienced contractor, you may have performed hundreds of electrical inspections. Although it may be tempting to rush through an electrical inspection, the results can be disastrous. By taking these precautions, you will protect your safety and your career.