Although the UK has a fairly good record of electrical safety, there are still over 30 deaths and nearly 4,000 injuries from electrical accidents and the 8,000 fires that occur in the home each year (Landlords Guide to Electrical Safety)
The majority of electric shock fatalities in homes are caused by faulty plugs, leads and appliances and many of these can be avoided by landlords and tenants taking simple steps. It should also be noted that the safety of portable appliances relies to some extent on the standard of the fixed wiring.
The incorrect use of any hand-held electrical appliance will increase the risk of electric shock to the user. For example, after using an appliance, such as an iron, the user may wind the flexible cable around the appliance, and create a twist or kink in the cable. Repeating this process over time may lead to the cable being damaged and increase the risk of electric shock or fire.
So that the risks are kept to a minimum, you and/or your tenant will need to take steps to ensure that portable electrical equipment is safely used, stored and checked.
The frequency of PAT Tests are recommendations based on the type of equipment and can range from 3 to 48 months depending on its operating environment and so should be subject to regular inspections to risk assess the safety of the equipment and its use.
- Labelling of Assets tested
- Free replacement fuses
- Free microwave leakage testing (Landlords only)
- Detailed Certificate / Asset Report
- Notification of retest dates