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electrical safety

While electricity has many benefits, it can also be extremely dangerous and sometimes fatal.

Each year electrical accidents or faults cause around 350,000 serious injuries, 70 deaths, and more than 20,000 house fires.

We carry out electrical inspections in your home at least every five years, but if you become aware of a problem with any
electrical installation, including lights and sockets, it is important that you report it immediately here.

If you intend to carry out any electrical work in your home then you must apply for written permission from us first. We would need to know what the work consists of; and that a competent qualified electrician has been appointed by seeing their certification and making sure that they are registered with an official body such as NICEIC or NAPIT. The work would then need to be inspected once complete to ensure it has been done correctly and is safe.

If you have a faulty appliance, it is your responsibility to replace any plug with the same size fuse and get a suitably qualified electrician to check other faults.

If we need to remove or rectify any unauthorised electrical works then any costs to make safe/remove/rectify the issue will be the responsibility of the tenant.

More tips and safety advice

  • Do not overload sockets or extension leads. Most four-plug extension leads have a maximum loading of 13 amps. This equates to two 5-amp plugs and one 3-amp plug in one extension lead. If you exceed the maximum load it will result in the extension lead cable heating up, which could result in fire. Use an extension lead with a residual current circuit breaker or residual current device (RCD), which will isolate the electric power if there is a problem
  • Switch off and unplug non-essential electrics before you go to bed and when you go on holiday. Appliances left on standby can be a fire risk, and waste energy and your money
  • Visually check your electrical appliances and cables regularly. Either repair or replace faulty appliances using a competent qualified electrician. Look out for the danger signs such as scorch marks on plugs or sockets, damaged or frayed cables, flickering lights and fuses that keep blowing for no reason
  • Report any electrical installation defects immediately. Examples include damaged wall sockets or light switches, and damage to installation cabling
  • Do not run extension leads through doorways
  • Fully unwind reel type extension leads before use as the cable will heat up if you don’t.
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