Electrical safety

by The Gateshead Housing Company & filed under Help in your home - safety in your home.

It is our legal responsibility to make sure that the electrical wiring and electrical equipment which are the landlord’s responsibility in your property are safe. To comply with this requirement, we carry out electrical inspections of homes and communal areas (eg stairwells and corridors) of flats and sheltered schemes on a programmed basis.

We will notify you before visiting your home to carry out the inspection. When we visit we will check that your property is free of any serious electrical hazards, including exposed wires, overloaded sockets, and poorly installed electrical systems.

We may need access to your home to complete inspections of electrical systems in shared or communal areas for the safety of you and your neighbours.

To minimise any threat of accidental fires, we ensure Residual Current Devices (RCDs) are fitted, and regularly check and maintain the distribution board and wiring.

We will also ensure any electrical work carried out in your home complies with the Building Regulations.

We will carry out any repairs needed or arrange an appointment for them to be done if it is not possible at the time. You must keep any follow-up appointments.

Help keep your home safe

  • Don’t do it yourself! DIY wiring can lead to electrical parts overheating, causing fires, shocks and even death.
  • Don’t overload sockets. Plugging too many devices into one socket, and over-using extension leads, can cause overheating and fires.
  • Do buy reputable electrical goods. Cheaper, ‘unofficial’ electrical products (such as phone chargers) may not meet safety regulations, increasing the risk of fire.
  • Do allow us to make electrical inspections. Regular checks are the best way to be sure that electrical installations are safe, and to spot potential problems before it is too late.