Posted on 18 November 2019
Electrical Fire Safety Week runs from 18-24 November and aims to promote electrical safety in the home.
“More than half of all accidental house fires are caused by electricity and nine out of ten electrical fires are caused by electrical items,” says Chief Property Officer Neal Ackcral. “About 70 deaths and 350,000 injuries in UK homes are caused by faulty electrics and electrical equipment every year.”
Hyde is required by law to ensure electrical installations and wiring in our homes are safe when our residents move in, and that they are maintained in a safe condition.
“We test and inspect all the homes we manage (and any communal areas) at least once every five years and are 100% compliant in terms of block inspections. Whilst we anticipate some access issues, we expect to be 100% compliant within our homes by June 2020,” Neal says. “We also inspect properties before re-letting them to new tenants to ensure that appliances are all safe to use and are CE marked.”
Simple steps and tips that we give to our residents to stay safe include:
- Never overloading sockets or plugging adaptors into other adaptors
- Checking that visible leads and cables are in good condition and replaced if necessary
- Checking light fittings are not visibly damaged and in good condition
- Registering all appliances at Register My Appliance, which sends alerts on any safety repairs or recalls
- Always using an electrician registered with one of the government-approved schemes
- Checking smoke alarms and heat detectors once a week.
Find out more about electrical safety.