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Electrical Testing

By law, KHT must ensure electrical installations and wiring in our properties are maintained and kept in a safe condition. With this in mind, we have an Electrical Testing programme to inspect our properties regularly as follows:

  • All communal areas and non-domestic installations are tested to a maximum of every 5 years
  • All domestic installations will be tested every 5 years – up to a maximum of every 10 years for new build installations and full re-wires in accordance with IET guidance.

It is important that you allow us access to carry out this service for your safety and that of your family, friends and neighbours.

If the appointment we have sent you is not convenient, you can contact us to arrange a different time or date by calling 0151 290 7000 or by emailing the Customer Access team on contactcentre@firstark.com. You can also contact the Electrical Testing team by writing to them at either our Lakeview or Pagemoss office.

Because of the importance of these tests and checks, tenants need to be aware that they must give us reasonable access to their home to conduct them. Failure to do so would be a serious breach of their tenancy agreement.

Why does my home need Electrical Testing?

Periodic Electrical Testing is essential to ensure that the electrical system in your home is safe and in good working order. Testing will accurately identify faults, which we will fix at the time of the inspection.

Is electrical installation testing a legal requirement?

The law requires us to keep the electrical system safe at all times. The only effective way to do this is to carry out periodic testing and inspections, as well as remedying any faults found. It is essential that these tests are carried out on your home as they will ensure your safety.

How often will my home be tested and how much will it cost?

The test is every 7 years and is absolutely free.

Who will carry out the Electrical Testing?

KHT will arrange for a Vivark registered electrician to carry out the Electrical Testing. The inspection usually takes approximately 4 hours.

How can I check whether an electrician is registered and qualified to carry out work in my home?

All registered electricians carry identification cards which state that they are qualified to work as an electrician. Please check the card before letting anyone begin work on your electrical appliances.

What happens if I fail to allow access to my home?

Because electrical safety is so important, failure to give KHT reasonable access to your home for Electrical Testing is classed as a breach of the terms of your tenancy agreement. This could result in legal action to force access, or the end of your tenancy. You will have to repay KHT the cost of such legal action.

How will KHT tell me that my home needs Electrical Testing?

Every 7 years KHT will send you a letter to inform you that your Electrical Testing is due. Please help us by arranging or keeping your periodic Electrical Testing appointments as soon as possible.

What electrical appliances will KHT inspect and test?

The electrician who calls at your home will:

  • Check for any faults to the fixed wiring system
  • Check that fuses or circuit breakers fitted in the fuse board are of the correct type and size and that the circuits are labelled correctly
  • Check and test whether the earthing arrangements for the property are correct and conform to the latest regulations

Does KHT have any responsibilities for electrical appliances owned by me or another resident?

The KHT electrician will not test your own appliances but will inform you if there are dangerous defects on the appliances.

Can I replace or alter a fixed wiring system?

It is illegal to carry out your own electrical repairs. Always seek permission from KHT if you are considering fitting or altering an electrical wiring system or an appliance. KHT electricians will disconnect any appliances of fittings if they find them dangerous and unsafe to use.

Can I replace or alter a fixed wiring system?

It is illegal to carry out your own electrical repairs. Always seek permission from KHT if you are considering fitting or altering an electrical wiring system or an appliance. KHT electricians will disconnect any appliances of fittings if they find them dangerous and unsafe to use.

What should I do if I suspect an appliance is unsafe?

It is your responsibility to check for any electrical problems. If you notice any of these danger signs, stop using the appliance and report the problem to KHT immediately:

  • Frayed, cut or damaged leads
  • Cracked or damaged cases on plugs or appliances
  • Burn marks on plugs, leads or appliances
  • Blowing fuses
  • Loose cord grips in plugs or appliances
  • Loose cord grips
  • Cracked or damaged plugs

If a registered electrician advises you not to use an appliance or part of your electrical system, always follow the advice given. If you have doubts over the advice given to you, follow it in the interim period and contact the Electrical Safety Council website for further guidance.

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