Ensuring safety as a homeowner or tenant
Protect yourself and others in your building by ensuring that your electrical installations are checked by a competent and registered professional electrician. As a homeowner, you should be seeing to it that your electrical installations are tested at least every 5-10 years minimum. Whenever you are moving to a new home ensure that you have this done too. To find out when the last EICR (Electrical Inspection Condition Report) was completed, check on or near the fuse box for the label, this will indicate when the last fixed wire testing was, and when the next one will be due.
As a tenant in a property with a landlord, it is extremely important that you know your rights when it comes to the safety of the property and that you make sure that your landlord knows this too.
Ask your landlord for a copy of the certificate or report confirming that the electrical installation meets the UK national standard BS 7671 (Requirements for Electrical Installations) and are therefore safe. The safety of the electrical installations and any appliances provided by the landlord, is the landlord’s responsibility.
Simple do’s and don'ts to follow and avoid:
Conduct regular checks of your sockets – if you notice any burn marks or that they feel hot to touch, get a competent registered electrician to check if they will need repairing or replacing. Arrange to have additional sockets installed if needs be, this could be due to existing sockets and/or adapters that have been overloaded in the premises.
Avoid the overloading of electrical adapters which is caused when plugging too many appliances into one single socket, especially appliances with a high electrical current rating such as kettles, irons and heaters.
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