Electrical safety for holiday homeowners
Holiday homeowners have a duty of care to ensure their property is safe to let out as a holiday home. One major risk is electrical safety. Faulty electrics can result in serious injury, death or fire. If they fail to maintain electrical installations and appliances they could be held accountable.
What are the regulations for electricity safety?
Landlords of holiday homes are required, by law, to ensure all electrical appliances, circuits and fixed installations within the property are safe. Therefore, the only means to this is to have Electrical Safety Checks and PAT tests carried out by a qualified electrician on a regular basis.
What is an Electrical Safety Check?
An Electrical Safety Check is an assessment on the condition of existing electrical installations. All electrical installations deteriorate with age and use. They should therefore be inspected and tested at regular intervals to check whether they are in a satisfactory condition for continued use.
How often should an Electrical Safety Check be carried out?
It is recommended that Electrical Safety Checks are carried out at least every five years in holiday home accommodation.
What is PAT testing?
Portable appliance testing (PAT) is the term used to describe the examination of electrical appliances and equipment to ensure they are safe to use.
How often should a PAT test be carried out?
It is recommended that you carry out PAT testing on a regular basis, at least every two years.
Shoreline can help with Electrical Safety Checks and PAT testing. Please get in touch with us if you would like further information.