Electrical Safety

Introduction

Although electrical safety has improved over the years, and the majority of injuries are not severe, there are still around 30 deaths and several thousand injuries a year. The major dangers to health from electrical incidents are shock, burns, electrical explosion or arcing and fire. In addition, just over 10% of fires are due to the electrical installation. The Grenfell Tower fire in June 2017, which killed 71 people, was thought to have started in a faulty fridge; a fire in 2009 at Lakanal House, caused by a faulty television, resulted in six deaths. It is little surprise then that many landlords are concerned that their property may not be safe.

The purpose of this guide is to provide landlords with the tools to identify areas of risk around electrical safety. It will cover the various pieces of legislation that landlords should pay attention to in regard to electrical safety, as well as providing useful tips and guidance on how to comply with them.

What legislation covers electrical safety?

The legislation covering electrical safety for landlords tends not to be as prescriptive and inflexible as that for gas safety however, there is still the overriding requirement that for rented accommodation: -

  • the electrical installation and
  • any electrical equipment provided by the landlord
  • is safe and fit for its purpose.

The rest of this guide is exclusive content for people who have registered their details on our website. It contains comprehensive guidance on -

  • Which legislation covers electrical safety
  • What landlord electrical safety standards require
  • Tips for landlords on complying with their electrical safety requirements about portable appliances, electrical installations.
  • Who can perform electrical safety inspections
  • Which properties require an electrical safety certificate
  • How a landlord can perform an electrical safety inspection
  • How often landlords should ensure their portable appliances have been electrical safety checked

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