The Home Office provided statistics explaining that over 19,000 accidental domestic fires in the UK were the result of electrical issues, with a total of 26 fatalities occurring from electrical fires at home.
The UK government has issued that from 1st July 2020 or from 1st April 2021 for existing tenancies, an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) must be conducted by a qualified professional and acquired before the commencement of any new tenancy.
The report ensures that all electrical installations in the property, such as light fixtures and electrical sockets, are safe before the tenant moves in.
Though, it is currently a challenge for professionals to conduct an electrical test during a global pandemic. As a result of social distancing rules and restrictions.For landlords and electricians there are multiple ways in which you have to make sure you are keeping safe and healthy.
Tips on how to do the safest socially distanced work for professionals, conducting safe EICR tests will require different techniques depending on the person involved.
Property Contractors 247 explain the different ways in which you can conduct these tests safely at home.
How to conduct the test at home
Although primarily requiring an expert to physically conduct the test in the property, in some instances which usually involve vulnerable tenants at higher risk of contracting the virus, the EICR will not be required.
This will only be accepted if there is written evidence that an inspection has been discussed and attempted.
As a result of the test being essential to the safety of future tenants, the report will usually be required to take place and will take into account any coronavirus safety precautions.
Landlords must also inform tenants to obey any rules or government guidelines when conducting checks & inspections.
An alternative method is via live inspections which are completed by property inspectors reviewing and conducting evaluations by video link.
For landlords or existing tenants, there is an element of pressure when conducting home checkups.
“You will need to bear this in mind if there are already tenants in the property as failure to turn any electrical components off whilst conducting the test could prove fatal, so always double-check.”
For electricians as well as landlords and tenants, when conducting an electrical test, despite any prior initial assessments, never assume that an electrical component you are handling in a residence is safe.
Always run the necessary checks. To assess the safety of the property you should follow recommended steps of a visual test.
An approved voltage indicator (AVI) is a key piece of equipment used for checking electrical currents within a property.
Taking these guidelines into consideration could help you prevent any unnecessary electrical injuries or health-related issues regarding coronavirus.
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