Electrical safety in your home
1. What we will do to keep you safe in your home
We carry out an electrical test in our properties every five years. When your home is due to be tested, we will contact you to let you know who will be carrying out the work
The inspection involves looking at the condition of the existing wiring and identifying any repairs needed to meet national safety standards. The Electrical Inspection Condition Report will:
- reveal if any electrical circuits or equipment is overloaded
- find any potential shock and fire hazards in the installation
- identify any defective DIY electrical work
- highlight any lack of earthing or bonding.
- Tests are also carried out on wiring and associated fixed electrical equipment such as smoke alarms to check that it is safe. The test can take 2-4 hours to complete, depending on the size of your property.
What work will be done?
All electrical sockets will require inspection, including immersion heaters or boilers. The test should not affect any food in freezers as power will only be off for a short time. If you have your own light fittings, they will be re-instated subject to testing and if passed as safe. If you have carried out any D.I.Y wiring, it will be disconnected if the engineer considers it to be unsafe.
2. What you can do to keep yourself and/or your family safe in your home
There are a few simple tips you can do to improve electrical safety in your home:
- Avoid overloading sockets. Keep to one plug per socket.
- Use a proper adaptor when using a non UK electrical appliance. Never put two prong plugs into three prong sockets.
- Don’t use heaters for drying clothes and keep them a safe distance away to avoid them catching fire.
- Check your electrical appliances regularly. If you notice burn marks around plugs or cables or leads are broken or scorched, unplug the appliance immediately and arrange for a qualified electrician to inspect it or repair it. Don’t fix faulty appliances yourself.
- Pay special attention to tumble dryers and fridges. Make sure that you have installed them correctly and that vents are not blocked. Use them in line with the manufacturers guidelines (for cleaning and maintenance)
- An extension lead or adaptor will have a limit to how many amps it can take, so be careful not to overload them to reduce the risk of fire. Know the limits of your appliances by checking the numbers shown on the plug (usually shown as Amps or Volts)
- When charging electrical goods, follow the manufacturer’s instructions and look for the CE mark that indicates chargers comply with European safety standards.
- Never run mains powered items into a bathroom – water and electricity are a deadly mix.
- Don’t use electrical gardening equipment outside until it is dry
- Always switch off electrical items when not in use
- Don’t cover plug sockets or extension cables
- Don’t leave phone chargers or hot handheld electrical appliances such as hairdryers and straighteners plugged in when not in use.
3. Where you can find more information
For more information about electrical safety visit Electrical Safety First - Electrical Safety Around The Home & Electrical Standards | Electrical Safety FirstElectrical Safety Factsheet Electrical Safety Animation