The Electrical Safety Council has published a new Landlords’ Guide to Electrical Safety as part of its campaign to improve electrical safety in privately rented accommodation.
The guide highlights the legislation most relevant to landlords in the private rented sector and includes advice to ensure landlords are complying with current legislation.
The guide covers fixed electrical installations, periodic inspections and portable appliance testing as well as fire alarms and emergency lighting.
There are still over 30 deaths each year and 4000 injuries from electrical accidents and the 8000 fires that occur in the home each year. Most of the accidents involve faults in or misuse of domestic appliances, flexes, plugs or connectors. Many of these are related to electrical maintenance or DIY activities.
Incidents causing many of these injuries include:-
- Deterioration of electrical installations
- Broken accessories and equipment
- Misuse of an installation and equipment
- Occasional vandalism
- Inconsistent maintenance programmes.
This guide will help landlords to understand their responsibilities for electrical safety in their own properties and also provide practical advice on how to ensure the safety of their tenants.