Whether you own or are buying a property of any variety, electricity is going to be a prominent feature or soon will be if it hasn’t been wired up yet or the wiring is so old and corroded it is unsafe to plug anything in. Everything electrical installed in a building needs to be safe regardless of whether it is for commercial or residential use. Each type of building has different electric needs with varying requirements of safety.
Hexo Services understands the difference between mood lights, safety lights, and glow in the dark strips which may work as a sole safety precaution in a private house but aren’t suitable on their own in a block of flats.
Whether it is a business or a home, appliances of some variety are going to be used. The appliances may vary, but they should have PAT testing. PAT testing inspects the portable electric appliances on a property. If the building is in commercial use, it enables compliance with the Electricity at Work Regulations.
Anyone can notice a frayed wire on a kettle. PAT testing goes beyond this, checking underneath the plug top. Fuses and connections are checked, and wires tightened. A trained electrician can see more in a visual inspection than a frayed wire. PAT testing prevents injury and death caused by faulty appliances.
If you buy second-hand appliances, make sure they have been PAT tested before purchase. They’ll have a green pass sticker if fit for sale.
Residential Condition Report
Legally, landlords and social landlords need to have a residential condition report carried out. Any issues found, need to be rectified before the building is deemed safe. Just because you own doesn’t mean you should be excluded from having the electrical safety of your home checked. All issues need to be repaired before you can plug your appliances in.
This is more associated with commercial buildings and blocks of flats, but that doesn’t mean private homes shouldn’t have some form of emergency lights. With the smoke alarm going off and the house rapidly filling with smoke having a light system not connected to the mains is much easier than trying to find the torch that rolled somewhere. Some battery-powered fairy lights can double between decorative mood lights and emergency lights if installed correctly. Like a commercial emergency light system, the area will still be in darkness, but the way out will be guided. Commercial properties and flats require Emergency Light Testing.
Residential Pre-Purchase Visual Inspection
This is a legal requirement before purchasing a home. Electrics need regular maintenance as they deteriorate. This can save any nasty post-purchase electrical surprises too.
Electrics breakdown over time. In order to keep a building or appliance safe, the electrics need to be made safe as soon as possible. In some cases, some lights, sockets or appliances may be out of use until repairs are carried out.
Electrical safety is a must. It saves lives and property.