Are you ready for Christmas

A NEW REPORT HAS REVEALED THAT OVER THREE QUARTERS OF COMPLACENT BRITS ARE LEAVING THEIR HOMES AT RISK OF ELECTRICAL FAULT AND POTENTIAL FIRE AT CHRISTMAS – 9 in 10 UK homes will be decorated this Christmas – 4 in 5 Brits admit to going ‘over the top’ with their lights and decorations – Nearly half (49%) of homeowners have never had their home electrics checked or do not know when their electrics were last checked   New research, commissioned by the UK’s leading regulatory body for electricians NICEIC and ELECSA has revealed some disturbing facts about the safety of UK homes at Christmas. As 90 percent of Brits admit to decorating their home and garden in the next few weeks, less than a quarter (23 percent) would consider the impact this might have on the electrics in their home. The study, which surveyed 2,000 UK tenants and homeowners, found that 42 percent of Brits paid more attention to aesthetics than safety, with 1 in 5 admitting to feeling they needed to compete with their friends and neighbours. Inevitably, the increase in decorative lights require the use of multiple sockets and extension leads, yet less than 3 percent were concerned about the amount of lights they were using and whether they could be of danger to their family. “Electrical safety in the home is important at any time of the year, but at Christmas we tend to forget that all the decorative lights we use around the home massively increase the dangers to our family. Just grabbing old lights from the loft and plugging them in isn’t acceptable. Everyone...

New legislation for rent property starts in october

Changes in legislation for Landlords New legislation will come into force on the 1st October 2015 for Private Landlords in England regarding smoke and Carbon Monoxide (CO) alarms.   Here is a summary of the legislation, passed through Parliament in September 2015:   –   Landlords must fit a smoke alarm on every storey –   Landlords must fit a Carbon Monoxide (CO) alarm in every room with a solid fuel burning appliance –   Alarms must be tested and working on the start of each tenancy –   Penalties of up to £5,000 for those that flaunt the rule. It is outlined that the relevant Local Authority will enforce   It should be noted that: –   There is no grace period –   The regulations do not stipulate the type of alarm to be installed however the Q&A booklet states: ‘Landlords   should make an informed decision and choose the best alarms for their properties and tenant’. –   Although the legislation refers only to solid fuel burning appliances in relation to CO alarms, the Q&A booklet states in relation to gas appliances that: ’we would expect and encourage reputable landlords to ensure that working carbon monoxide alarms are installed in rooms with these gas appliances.    YOU CAN EMAIL ME TO RECEIVE A FREE Landlords’ pack A short guide on electrical safety and energy saving options within domestic rented...