Essential electrical safety resumes

Appointment letters issued to some tenants

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We are resuming electrical safety testing in our council homes and sending appointment letters to tenants now due their five yearly safety checks.

Following the Government's Phase 3 announcement, we are now expanding the range of repair and safety works we can undertake. This includes our programme of essential electrical safety checks to keep our tenants safe.

Over 7,000 tenants will soon receive a letter with an appointment date and we would urge them to keep this, or if this is not convenient, to reschedule as soon as possible.

We're also reassuring tenants that all testing in their homes will follow strict government safety guidance.

We're complying with physical distancing rules and ideally would ask tenants, or anyone else present in the house, to vacate the room the staff member is working in until the inspection is complete. Staff will also have appropriate PPE including face masks and gloves for use.

We have a legal duty to carry out inspections and tenants are required to provide access. The checks allow us to examine the condition of the wiring against safety standards, as the wiring can deteriorate or become damaged over time, with the result of electric shock, fire and burns. We have a duty to protect our tenants and residents.

Tenants are also being asked that if they have any symptoms of coronavirus: a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or a loss or change to sense of smell or taste, then they should cancel and reschedule their appointment.

Raymond Boyd, Project Delivery Manager said: "Tenants might feel a bit nervous about staff coming into their home to carry out these safety inspections. I'd like to reassure them that we're complying and following all government guidance relating to physical distancing and appropriate PPE equipment where required.

"This type of testing takes place every five years and is carried out with the minimal of disruption to tenants. So, if you receive an appointment please keep this and ensure access is provided.

"There is a small number of tenants who don't provide access and seem unaware of their, and our obligations to maintain and keep them and their properties safe. As a last resort the council does have legal powers to enforce access if all attempts of co-operation are exhausted.

"We're asking tenants to work with us and provide access to allow us to protect them and their homes from fire and give them the peace of mind that their home remains safe."

You'll find a video showing an electrical inspection and further information here.

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