The Electrical Safety Council has recently began a new campaign to highlight the dangers of electricity to both landlords and tenants, producing two extremely useful downloadable guides which offer extensive advice.

The first of these is primarily aimed at student tenants and is a means to provide information on several electrical safety do’s and don’ts. The four page leaflet provides simple visual cues, as well as advice telling students exactly what a landlord should be providing in terms of electrical safety.

Sections include advice about stretching cables, overloading sockets and other common missteps students might fall into such as leaving hair straighteners left on or putting metal objects into toasters.

Students should always be aware of landlords not adhering to electrical regulations – is there responsibility to check and maintain electrical installations throughout a tenancy, and to also ensure any provided appliances are safe for use.

The leaflet is available over on the ESC’s website.

In order to ensure that landlords get exactly what they need in terms of electrical information the ESC has also developed an extremely useful booklet entitled the Landlord’s Guide to Electrical Safety.

The booklet looks through the following elements:

  • What the guide can tell you
  • The law for landlords and electrical safety in both England and Scotland
  • Electrical installation information
  • Certification of electrical installation work
  • Periodic inspection, testing and condition reporting
  • Electrical appliances
  • Fire alarms
  • Emergency lighting

The booklet for landlords is also available on the ESC’s website.