Edwardes Bros – an Electrical Wholesalers based in Kent – is raising awareness of the importance of electrical safety with Electrical Safety First, the UK’s Electrical Safety experts.
People use electricity on a daily basis, and many are unaware of the dangers and risks it brings. In this exclusive interview, we talk about the responsibilities landlords and tenants have and the dangers that can occur when using an unregistered electrician.
Electrical Safety & Landlords
It’s your responsibility as a landlord to ensure your tenants are safe, along with any appliances that are supplied with the rented property. However, a study from the guardian showed that 40% of landlords in the private sector don’t know what their obligations are.
Electrical Safety First feels there should be tighter guidelines put in place for landlords and suggests a five –yearly electrical inspection. This year, Scotland brought in a new law to ensure electrical inspections will be carried out every 5 years. Despite not having an official requirement for an inspection in the UK, landlords could still be held responsible for their failure to comply with the Landlord and Tenant Act. Electrical Safety First is eager to change this for the UK, they feel that not only will an inspection every 5 years help protect tenants; it will also help landlords identify their obligations.
Electrical Safety & Tenants
Tenants can play a vital role in electrical safety too. Below is a list of things tenants can do to help prevent dangers occurring in the home:
- Make sure any appliances brought into the property are safe.
- Report any suspicious or dangerous looking electrics to your landlord.
- Never attempt to repair anything yourself, always report to your landlord.
- Regularly check to ensure appliances are in working order.
- Look out for any cut or abrasion in cables, cracks in plugs and signs of appliances overheating.
- Keep a look out for the CE Mark when purchasing appliances.
- Always use the appliances in accordance with the manufacturers instructions.
- Never leave a problem, if your landlord won’t help, contact a local authority.
Electrical Safety: Unregistered Electricians:
The number of people using an unregistered electrician has increased; Electrical Safety First feels this is due to the lack of awareness of using a registered electrician. Your neighbour may have recommended a fantastic electrician, but have you checked if they are registered? People don’t realise the dangers that come with using an unregistered electrician; it could cost you your life.
What can you do to ensure an electrician is registered?
- Check to see if they are registered with a government approved scheme provider.
- This database lists all registered electricians in the UK: http://www.electricalcompetentperson.co.uk/
Edwardes Bros and Electrical Safety First want all readers to ensure they use a registered electrician for any work they are having done in the future.
Read the full interview with Electrical Safety First, which goes into in-depth detail about electrical safety: You can also find out more about the “Home Safety“ campaign which Electrical Safety First will be launching March.
Article Courtesy of: Edwardes Bros