Every year sees around 70 people die and a further 350,000 seriously injured because of preventable electrical accidents in UK homes. Almost half of house fires are electrical, stating nine out of ten of those are caused by blunders or misuse of electrical appliances.
Landlords are legally obliged to keep the fixed wiring and electric goods in their rental property in good repair, both before and during renting periods. Although there is no equivalent of the Gas Safe CP-12 for electric installations, there are a number of things landlords can do to maintain an electrically safe property.
Five tips to help maintain the electrical safety of your property:
- Make sure that your electrician is competent and registered
- Ensure the property has a regular Electrical Installation Condition Report
- Check that the fusebox (or ‘consumer unit’) is free of obstruction
- Fit a smoke alarm
- Appliances must be checked regularly to make sure they are safe
Electrical Safety with Rentify
The government and Electrical Safety First recommend that rental properties have an electrical safety check at least every 5 years. If you don't, you could be leaving yourself open to huge fines or even a prison sentence if things go wrong.
Rentify's Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) can make sure that you've met your obligations to your tenant, with a full inspection and comprehensive report.
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Fuse box by Harold Groven is modified and licensed under Creative Commons