At EH1 Electrical we have fully trained electricians who can ensure that any property you have is electrically safe. Although the UK has a relatively a good record of electrical safety, recorded figures for 2007 show that 191 people died from electrocution and/or fatal electric burns as a result of an accident in the home. The figures also revealed there were 21,4242 accidental domestic fires of an electrical origin, which resulted in 492 deaths and 3,4772 injuries.
Most accidents in the home relate to faults or misuse of domestic appliances and the use of the fixed electrical installation. That said, it is sad to report that even in this day and age several thousand fires2, hundreds of injuries2 and 142 deaths are still caused by objects being placed too near to heat sources (such as electric heaters or lamps).
The three major dangers to persons from electrical accidents in the home are from electric shock, fire and burns.
The causes of such incidents are varied but include:
- deterioration of the electrical installation
- broken accessories and equipment
- misuse of the installation and equipment
- occasional vandalism, and
- inconsistent or inappropriate maintenance programmes
It is your responsibility, as a landlord, to ensure that you meet, and continue to meet, the ‘tolerable’ and ‘repairing’ standards.
The best way of checking to see whether an electrical installation and any supplied appliances are safe is to have them checked by a competent electrician with experience for this type of work, before each tenancy commences. We at EH1 Electrical are qualified and experienced in this type of work.
For the ‘tolerable’ standard please visit : http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2006/07/18162031/8
For the ‘repairing’ standard please visit: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2006/07/18162031/9
If you have any questions at all on the electrical safety of your flats, apartments or houses please feel free to call us on 0131 225 3338.