Is your Holiday Home Safe To Let? Landlords Guide To Electrical Safety

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Last Updated on September 25, 2009 by Mark Lavington

In this post we explore the subject of a holiday home owners duty to adhere to electrical safety regulations. Is your Holiday Home Safe To Let? Landlords Guide To Electrical Safety. Although the UK has a fairly good record of electrical safety, there are still over 30 deaths and nearly 4000 injuries from electrical accidents and the 8000 fires that occur in the home each year. Most of the accidents in the home involve faults in, or misuse of, domestic appliances, flexes plugs or connectors. A large number are related to electrical maintenance or DIY activities. The major dangers to health from electrical accidents are from shock, burns, electrical explosion or arcing and fire initiated by electricity. The causes of such incidents are varied but include: deterioration of the electrical installation; broken accessories and equipment; misuse of the installation and equipment and occasional vandalism; and inconsistent maintenance programmes.

This guide has been produced to help landlords including but to let and holiday home owners understand their responsibilities for electrical safety in their properties as well as to provide practical advice on actions they should take to ensure the safety of their tenants and guests.  Download a copy of the Landlords’ Guide To Electrical Safety here.

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