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As Yorkshire Housing’s Health and Safety Ambassador, I am delighted to share with you some insight into the fantastic work that goes on here at Yorkshire Housing to ensure that the electrical safety of our customers and their homes is protected.

Yorkshire Housing is dedicated to providing and maintaining high-quality, safe homes. With the safety of our customers of paramount importance, Yorkshire Housing takes every aspect of safety legislation – including electrical safety – incredibly seriously, investing in its homes to ensure that every property conforms to relevant UK health standards.

According to Electrical Safety First, more than half of accidental dwelling fires in the UK every year are caused by electrical problems. These statistics highlight the importance of maintaining electrical safety at home and Yorkshire Housing is here to make this possible for all of its customers.

Electrical safety checks are something that Yorkshire Housing has always covered as part of its duty of care and commitment to customer safety. Yorkshire Housing aim to undertake an electrical safety inspection in each of its properties every five years to ensure all precautions against injury from electrical installation are carried out.

At Yorkshire Housing we have a team of highly qualified individuals on hand ready to visit your home and conduct our comprehensive electrical safety checks. We’re proud to offer you a full electrical safety test service on all circuits in your home. The service will involve turning off your mains supply to allow us to carry out a thorough inspection of your circuits and confirm that everything is in a safe and satisfactory condition. Yorkshire Housing also carries out these checks prior to any new tenant moving into a property.

Alongside regular safety assessments, there are a number of simple measures that you should adhere to within your home to minimise the risk of electricity hazards. Here are some key electrical safety Dos and Don’ts to consider:

DO buy reputable electrical goods – Low-cost, unofficial electrical products such as phone chargers may not meet safety standards and as a result, increase the risk of fire.

DO allow electrical inspections to take place – Regular checks are the best way to ensure your electrical installations are safe and allow the opportunity to spot any potential problems before it’s too late.

DON’T do it yourself – DIY wiring is prone to error and can lead to electrical parts overheating, causing fires, shocks and death. Instead, you should get in touch with your landlord to report any wiring problems, before seeking help from an expert with the right skills and training.

DON’T overload sockets – Putting too many devices into one socket and over-using extension leads can lead to overheating and fires.

I would like to take this opportunity to encourage all Yorkshire Housing customers to report any electrical problems you may have as soon as possible. Together we can create and maintain homes you feel comfortable and safe in. For any other health and safety concerns, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.