When dealing with old houses, inspection results must be attached
The house electrical safety inspection will be changed from the existing one-time inspection every 1-3 years to a regular, non-face-to-face inspection system. When trading an old house, the electrical safety inspection result must be attached. The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy held the ‘Private-Private Council for Electric Safety Remote Inspection Promotion’ on the 3rd and announced the ‘Measures to Reorganize the Electrical Equipment Safety Inspection System for General Houses, etc.’
The safety inspection of electrical equipment installed in houses and streetlights is conducted once every 1 to 3 years. However, due to the recent spread of COVID-19, face-to-face inspections have become difficult and electrical equipment is outdated, making it difficult to secure safety through intermittent inspections.
The reorganization plan introduces a regular and non-face-to-face remote inspection system using remote inspection devices, communication networks, and control systems to notify owners and residents in real time when abnormal signals such as short circuit or overcurrent occur so that they can receive safety inspections immediately. It is decided to first install remote inspection devices on street lights, traffic lights, and closed circuit (CC) TVs, and to install trial installations by 2024 in old houses and multi-use facilities for the underprivileged. From 2025, meter reading of all general houses will be performed by KEPCO’s intelligent remote meter reading system (AMI).
When buying or renting old houses that have been built for more than 15 years, it is planned to make it mandatory to inspect indoor and outdoor electrical safety, and to attach a confirmation of electrical safety inspection to the purchase/rental contract.
The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy said, “The manpower and budget saved by switching to a remote inspection system will be redeployed to high-risk facilities or new technology electrical equipment such as energy storage systems (ESS).”
By Sejong Ryu Chan-hee, senior staff reporter [email protected]