Electrical system testing

Testing your council house

Electricity is very safe when used properly; however, installations can be dangerous if not well maintained.

As your landlord we have a duty to ensure that an electrical safety inspection is carried out on the electrical system within our properties. This is carried out at appropriate intervals to determine what, if anything, needs to be done to maintain the installation in a safe and serviceable condition.

Electrical testing will only be carried out by a registered electrician who is competent to do so.

What to expect from an electrical system test:

  • You will receive an advance notification letter from us explaining that your property is due to have an Electrical System Test carried out.

  • You will receive a notification letter from our service provider at least 2 weeks in advance giving notice of the scheduled test date.

  • If you wish to reschedule the test, please call our Service Provider Mears on 01698 486600.

  • Remember - it is essential that you allow our service provider access to complete this essential safety check.

In addition to the electrical system tests, there are also a number of simple, visual checks that you can carry out yourself:

  • Make sure that your plug sockets are not overloaded.

  • Ensure that plugs and sockets are not damaged.

  • Check that visible cables and leads are in good condition.

  • Check that your light fittings are not visibly damaged and that downlighters are in good working condition.

  • Check that you are not storing combustible materials around your fusebox, electricity meter or electrical intake.

  • Don't use the top of the microwave for extra storage.

  • Never trail cables under carpets or rugs.

  • Never take mains-powered electrical items into the bathroom.

  • Always switch off your electrical items when they are not in use.

Please use the 'contact us' box if you have any questions.

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