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Electrical Safety

Smoke Alarms Legislation

There is now electrical legislation with regards to fitting smoke, heat and carbon monoxide alarms in properties as of 2020.

In addition to smoke alarms in your hallway, they will now also be installed in the primary habitable room, so this may be your living room.

We take your safety seriously, so we have taken the decision to follow LD2. This is a higher standard than legally required and incorporates an entire system of safety guidelines and requirements issued by British Standards Institution (BSI) which we follow to ensure safety in your home.

As a result, you may see things like including a combined heat and carbon monoxide alarm if the boiler is in the kitchen. If not, we would still install a carbon monoxide alarm and that would still be located near the boiler location, with a separate heat alarm in kitchen.

Electrical Safety Matters

Faulty electrical appliances, wiring and overloaded sockets can cause serious injury and death, not only by direct contact, but also by causing fires. In 2018/19 there were over 14,186 fires in England of electrical origin, representing 53.4% of the total.

What We Do

Where we are the landlord of your property, the communal area, or both, we have a duty to maintain the electrical installations in a safe condition. To help achieve this, we carry out Electrical Installation Condition Reports (EICR), which test the electrical installations and wiring.

These are carried out:

  • every 5 years
  • at change of tenancy
  • where we have concerns or reason to believe an installation is dangerous.

These reports sometimes give rise to corrective work and, where this is the case, we ask you work with us and our contractors so that these can be carried out in a timely manner.

What You Can Do

Never carry out electrical repairs yourself. If you are concerned about the electrical installation at your property, please contact our repairs contractor Axis immediately on 0808 169 1969, they only use fully trained and qualified electricians.

It's also vital to look after your electrical equipment and remember; just because something works doesn't mean it's safe. We recommend you carry out regular inspections of electrical fittings and equipment to check they're in good condition. Some key things to look out for:

  • Sockets should be free from cracks, scorch marks, or other general damage and must not be overloaded
  • Leads should be free from cuts, fraying and damage
  • Ensure plugs are not damaged, loose, or have scorch marks
  • Register your appliances and check for product recalls
  • Do not use block sockets and try to avoid using extension leads where possible. If you need to use an extension lead then make sure it's fully uncoiled and not overloaded by plugging in appliances that together will exceed the maximum current rating
  • Do not store combustible materials near the fuse box or the electricity meter
  • Do not store items on top of microwaves
  • Switch off electrical items when not in use.

Home Improvements

You must have our permission before any electrical work is carried out in your home and we'll need confirmation that the work has been done by a qualified person.

Further Information

Electrical Safety Council's guide safety around the home