Electrical safety

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

Our legal responsibility

Under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985, we have a legal responsibility to periodically test the electrical installation in your home to keep you safe from electrical hazards.

What we do

We will carry out electrical inspections of homes and communal areas of flats and sheltered schemes on a programmed basis.

We will test your electrical installation (wiring) before you move into your home to make sure it is safe and to check that your property is free of any electrical hazards.

We will notify you when we need to do electrical inspections.

What you must do

You must allow us in your home to carry out this work. Failure to do so will result in legal action being taken against you.

It is your responsibility to make sure that your own electrical equipment is safe and in good working order. Please use electrical items safely at all times.

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 run electrical leads outdoors or use equipment near water.
  • 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.

Read more at the Electrical Safety Roundtable website.