Improving Electrical Safety in Housing

Improving Electrical Safety in Housing

Housing is a key area of policy work for Electrical Safety First. As a result of continuous lobbying from the Charity, the UK Government agreed to introduce mandatory electrical safety checks into the Private Rented Sector in England – which will come into force starting in June 2020. This was a great achievement for the Charity and will help prevent thousands of fires and electrical incidents in people’s homes throughout England.

Whilst the Private Rented Sector will receive electrical safety checks, we are concerned that the UK Government has chosen not to proceed with mandatory checks in the Social Rented Sector and has not considered vulnerable people who own their own homes but are unable to make them electrically safe as there are no dedicated central grants to assist.

We believe that the UK Government must consider mandatory checks in the Social Rented Sector but also have a system that funds electrical improvements for the most vulnerable homeowners.

 Our proposals: 

  • We will look closely at the Government’s Fire Safety Bill and Building Safety Bill to ensure that people living in tower blocks, the Social Rented Sector and in owner occupied homes receive mandatory electrical safety checks as appropriate.
  • We will lobby for mandatory electrical safety checks in the Social Rented Sector.
  • We will lobby for a specific grant for home owners who are vulnerable to receive free electrical safety checks and funding to make electrical safety improvements.

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Electrical Fire Safety (February 2017)

Electrical Safety First tasked Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service to look at issues with fires caused by electricity in the South East region of England, in order to provide further evidence to support the need for mandatory checks.