Most accidents involving electricity happen in our homes because of faults or not using appliances correctly, or because of how the electric has been installed. Accidents also happen because of items being places too close to a heat source.
The three major hazards of electricity in the home are electric shock, fire and burns.
Over time, electrical installations and appliances can deteriorate, leading to potential risks. Please take care:
- Do not ignore any damage to switches, sockets, or appliances. Getting them fixed or replacing with new, will make them safe again.
- Do not misuse your electrical installation, devices, or appliances. Misusing them can be dangerous for everyone in your home.
- Regular maintenance on your electrical installation can prevent problems from occurring.
- Tampering with electrical equipment can lead to accidents, be mindful of vandalism.
Inspection and testing
Although fires in the home are reducing overall, the fraction of domestic fires caused by electricity is steadily increasing. To ensure safety, it is essential to have your electrical installation checked regularly.
An Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) is required by law to test wiring and fixed electrical equipment in your home to check that they are safe. An EICR is carried out every five years or when there is a change in tenancy. This will:
- Identify if you have any overloading issues, by looking at your electrical circuits or equipment, then offer advice or recommended a rewire if needed.
- Find any potential electric shock risks and fire hazards and resolve them.
- Identify any defective electrical work and rectify them to keep your home safe.
- Check your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and make sure they are in date and tested to check they are safe.
- Ensure proper earthing and bonding and if there are issues, put them right.
Our electricians and contractors are instructed to make sure all homes are safe by making immediate fixes if they find any dangerous issues when they inspect your home. They will ensure you are not put at risk and your home is safe.
When we need to carry out these checks, it is important that you allow us access to your home so that we can make sure you and your family are safe. If you prevent this access, it will mean your home will be considered unfit for you to live in and you will be in breach of your Occupation Contract.
We want to thank you for helping us to keep you safe in your home. If you need support, please contact us.