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Landlords: Ensure your Properties are Safe

Owners of rented properties could face jail if electrical equipment is not up to scratch, according to a local safety expert.

Bob Cadman, regional manager of Gas-Elec Safety Systems warns that landlords who contravene The Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994, could face far more than just a slap on the wrist. If found guilty, they can be fined or imprisoned for up to three months.

Mr Cadman said: "There is still a lot of confusion in the industry about electrical inspections but in actual fact the regulations are quite clear. Regulation 5(1) stipulates that electrical equipment shall be safe and regulation 14(1) states that no person shall supply any electrical equipment that is not safe. Contravention of regulation 14 means imprisonment for up to three months or a heavy fine. It's as simple as that."

That's why, says Cadman, an increasing number of landlords are opting for annual dual safety inspections.

"The only way to ensure that electrical equipment is safe is to check it," he said.

"We're not talking mere PAT testing here. Apart from potentially lethal irons and kettles, we're finding plugs wired - often by tenants - the wrong way round, trip switches that don't trip, and showers that are so dangerous they should be condemned.

"Every year thousands of people are killed or injured by faulty electrical appliances or in fires caused by faulty electrical appliances. We are constantly finding hazardous situations and it's crazy for a landlord to take risks when preventative action is so easy."

For more information about gas and electrical safety contact your local Gas or Electrical Supplier.