An EICR (Electrical Installation Condition Report) is a document issued after an inspection of an electrical installation. It checks the property against national safety standards for electrical installations and flags any potential issues.
An electrician performing an EICR will identify any problems or ‘observations’ and code them according to their risk level using a code system based on red, amber and green traffic lights.
C2 – Potentially Dangerous (EICR C2 Meaning)
Our engineers often identify faults that need to be rectified during an EICR inspection. These are then recorded on your report and graded according to danger levels – C1, C2 or FI.
Code 1 (C1) alerts are an urgent danger to employees, customers or guests and should be addressed right away. Live conductors or maintenance panels that have been removed with conductive parts exposed pose particular hazards in this regard.
If a C1 is detected, then it’s recommended to turn off or isolate the circuit until repairs can be made. Depending on how serious the issue, you may even be asked to stop using your computer until repairs have been completed.
A C2 code indicates a problem which may not be immediate but could become hazardous in the future. While less serious than a C1, this still needs immediate attention and should be addressed.
C2 issues could include the absence of mains-protected bonding or earthing, or an RCD fault that does not trip when tested. Another example would be an incorrectly sized bond conductor that is too large.
Another issue that could trigger this code is the failure of a mains protection device to safeguard against mains overload. This indicates there is an elevated risk that an electrical hazard could occur should the appliance be put through excessive strain in the future.
A broken socket can be indicated as a C2 fault.
When it comes to EICR Codes, two of the most critical to know are C1 and C2. Both need immediate remediation while a C3 will suggest an improvement.
An FI code, however, requires further investigation and is issued when an engineer detects a fault not covered in the main report. This could include something as minor as a malfunctioning warning light or slightly worn but functional casing that wasn’t covered by the main report.