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The end user arm of Certsure and the NICEIC, their website contains a wealth of information for homeowners, business owners and landlords alike, and is a handy point of reference for correct thinking and responsibilities of these parties.


CONSIDERATIONS

It is the responsibility of the homeowner, business owner or landlord to take steps to ensure that the electrical safety and automatic fire detection standards within their premises are maintained. The easiest way of doing this is to arrange regular servicing and inspection by a competent contractor (such as us).

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From the supply, to the fixed wiring and electrical accessories within a premises, it is recommended to have the entire installation inspected and tested every five years.

THE PART P

Part P forms part of the Building Regulations. The principle of the Building Regulations is to ensure that consistent standards are applied to the construction of buildings including its structure, fire safety, sound insulation, drainage, ventilation and electrical safety.

The Part P requirement is that:

“Reasonable provision shall be made in the design and installation of electrical installations in order to protect persons operating, maintaining or altering the installations from fire or injury.”

In short, electrical installations must be safe!  Part P of the Building Regulations applies to fixed electrical installations in dwellings (including gardens and shared amenities in blocks of flats, and any building that shares its electricity supply with a dwelling).

Many of the typical jobs undertaken by electrical contractors are affected by Part P. Under Part P you should ensure that such works are notified to and inspected by building control bodies. Work needs to be inspected by the local authority Building Control department in order to ensure it complies with the Building Regulations.

Your responsibilities as landlord

Landlords are required by law to ensure:

  • That the electrical installation in a rented property is safe when tenants move in and maintained in a safe condition throughout its duration.
  • That automatic fire protection is installed within all of their properties.
  • That a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) has a periodic inspection carried out on the property every five years. 
    If your property is not an HMO, you are not legally obliged to do this. However, we recommend that a periodic inspection and test is carried out by a registered competent electrician on your rental properties at least every five years. 
  • That any appliance provided is safe and has at least the CE marking (which is the manufacturer’s claim that it meets all the requirements of European law).

To meet these requirements a landlord will need to regularly carry out basic safety checks to ensure that the electrical installation and appliances are safe and working.

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Landlords:

It is the responsibility of the landlord to ensure of and maintain the safety of the common areas within all of their properties. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Regular electrical safety checks. 100% of the fixed wiring within the property and its associated electrical accessories should be tested every five years, regardless of whom has owned it within that five year period.
  • Regular fire alarm system maintenance. 100% of the fire alarm system must be serviced and checked each year, over a minimum of two visits per year. In some instances it may be beneficial to share the total service over more visits within the year for larger systems, or a 100% test each of the six monthly visits for a smaller installation.
  • Emergency lighting. 100% of the emergency and escape route lighting should be tested annually.
Are you keeping up to scratch with your responsibilities? Does your property meet the prerequisites of your insurer? Start a conversation with us now with any queries, or to book a site visit.

Tenents:

In a great many instances it is the responsibility of the tenant of a commercial property to ensure that proper health and safety be maintained in the areas of the building within their remit. In regard to electrical safety this includes but is not limited to:

  • Regular electrical safety checks. 100% of the fixed wiring within the property and its associated electrical accessories should be tested every five years, regardless of whom has owned it within that five year period.
  • Regular fire alarm system maintenance. 100% of the fire alarm system must be serviced and checked each year, over a minimum of two visits per year. In some instances it may be beneficial to share the total service over more visits within the year for larger systems, or a 100% test each of the six monthly visits for a smaller installation.
  • Emergency lighting. 100% of the emergency and escape route lighting should be tested annually.
Is your workplace and the safety of your employees as it should be? Are you aware of the basic checks that the duty holder(s) within your organisation should be making? Get in touch with us with any queries or to book a site visit.

 

Electrical

As proud members of the NICEIC's competent person Approved Contractor scheme covering all domestic and commercial electrical works, we at R&M Electrical Contractors LTD are able to offer the following services: 

  • Electrical Installation. Any electrical works that we undertake are done so in full accordance with the current version BS7671, with due consideration to the relevant building regulations. Our installation services range from basic circuit extensions, to full rewires and installation, and are always accompanied with proper and full certification.
  • Electrical Installation Condition Reports. It is recommended that your electrical installation is regularly checked, and whilst this may not be a legal requirement in some instances, it is an excellent and simple way of showing efforts to adhere to the Electricity At Work Regulations 1989 and the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, the both of which are legal requirements. An EICR falls under the realm of Planned Preventative Maintenance, the likes of which ensure the smooth running of any household or commercial premises. This means that any hindrance to said running occurs during a planned maintenance period, rather than at an inconvenient time caused by faulty, worn out or incorrectly installed infrastructure.
  • Basic Safety Checks. Whilst not as thorough as an EICR, we offer basic safety checks that combine full visual inspection alongside termination checks inside of fuseboards and isolators, helping to aid the prevention of loose connections, which in turn helps to prevent fires within electrical installations. These can be combined with Fire Alarm maintenance and annual Emergency Lighting Tests in order to get discounted rates.

It is essential that emergency lighting and escape route lighting is properly installed and maintained in order that it works in the correct manner during 'emergency' situations, which does not necessarily mean a loss of power.

  • Installation. By ensuring that we are kept fully abreast of the ever evolving technology available and the evolution of the British Standards, all emergency lighting designs and installations we perform will meet the standards of the day.
  • Maintenance, monthly. All emergency lighting systems must be tested monthly. The test is a short functional test in accordance with BS EN 50172:2004 / BS 5266-8:2004.The period of simulated failure should be sufficient for the purpose of this test while minimising damage to the system components, e.g. lamps. During this period, all luminaires and signs shall be checked to ensure that they are present, clean and functioning correctly.
  • Maintenance, annual emergency lighting tests. A test for the full rated duration of the emergency lights (e.g. 3 hours) must be carried out. The emergency lights must still be working at the end of this test. The result must be recorded and, if failures are detected, these must be remedied as soon as possible.
  • What we can offer. We can offer discounted rates when testing an emergency lighting system by performing Fire Alarm, EICR or Basic Electrical Safety Checks alongside it.

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Fire Alarm systems

There are very few scenarios in either domestic or commercial premises where there is no need for some form of manual or automatic smoke and heat detection and alarm. Please refer to The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 for a deeper read. What follows are some important considerations that we can aid with.

  • Risk Assessment. It is the responsibility of the duty holder, property owner and/or occupier to perform and regularly revise risk assessments in regard to but not limited to fire risks. This can be outsourced and countersigned by a competent third party where necessary, and should be done in accordance with the guidelines of the local fire marshal and the building insurance provider.
  • Correct Practice. Every fire alarm system should be unique to its site. From the initial design stages, to the installation, the commissioning and maintenance of a system the priority with every step should be to confirm that it will perform efficiently and without false alarm. We can aid at any stage of the process, please contact us for further information.