The Top Electrical Dangers In Rented Houses

Written by on May 16, 2013 in Lifestyle - No comments | Print this page

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plug_socketsDon’t put yourself at risk by renting somewhere dangerous. Every property needs to adhere to basic electrical safety standards.

Make sure you protect yourself and those who you live with by following some simple steps outlined below, before you sign that contract.

The Warning Signs

If any of these are visible when viewing a property to rent, be wary. They show that the electrical installation is old and is unlikely to have had the proper safety checks.

  • Any cables coated in black rubber, lead or fabric.
  • The fuse box has a wooden back or is made of cast iron.
  • Sockets mounted on skirting board, old, round pin sockets and round light switches.
  • Light switches that have been mounted on a bathroom wall.

However other potential dangers may require a little more investigation. As you’re viewing the property, make sure you check for the following hazardous signs.

The Sockets, Switches And Light Fittings

These need to be in good working order, meaning they have no cracks, burn marks or any other signs of damage. Your landlord should ensure that a certified electrician checks electrical fittings once every 10 years, making sure they are in correct working order.

Leads And Cables

Make sure they are not frayed or damaged, as exposed wires pose a considerable threat to your safety. Touching live wires can give you an electric shock or even kill you. Make sure damaged cables are replaced immediately and that your landlord is using a certified electrician.

Electrical Appliances

All those provided by the landlord should have PAT (portable appliance test) stickers on them. This means that a certified electrician has checked the appliance and they have filled in the sticker to state the appliance is safe.

This is not a legal obligation however; it is recommended by the Electrical Safety Council and is a good sign that the landlord is willing to ensure the safety of his/her tenants.

The Fuse Box

Ensure that it has RCD protection; this can be added cheaply. An RCD protects against electric shock and considerably reduces the risk of electrical fires, ultimately, it is life saving and should be supplied by your landlord.

When moving into a rental property you should ask your landlord for a report confirming that a registered electrician has checked all electrical installations and appliances and stated that they are safe. This will be a great indication of the moral fibre of your landlord and whether or not they are in it for the long haul, or just the money.

Please comment below with any other great pointers on rental properties and their electrical downfalls.

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Phillipa Drake has lived in her fair share of nightmare rental properties. She has a major ambition of becoming a content writer and currently writes for Alert Electrical.

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