Respondents Disappointed by Government Decision

The National Association of Professional Inspectors and Testers (NAPIT) in UK has once again called for establishments and electrical companies to conduct electrical safety checks. Electricians must do the task of ensuring that installation, repair and maintenance have gone perfectly well. NAPIT announced the strict compliance to mandatory rules following a disappointing response by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) to a meeting that highlighted the conditions of the electrical sector in UK.

The decision of DCLG was taken though roughly 16 percent of tenants are living with electrical hazards in their respective homes and despite the fact that several sectors have voiced out that they are in favor of electrical safety checks.

The Chairman of NAPIT, Frank Bertie, said that the DCLG was unfair in taking a positive response with Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms, having a mandatory check for all the properties in this industry. The Chairman was saddened with the decision of the body not to introduce a mandatory electrical safety check.

Landlords or owners for Homes of Multiple Occupation are mandated to ensure that all of its electrical installations be inspected and tested at regular intervals which does not exceed five years. The electrical safety check will be conducted by a qualified person. This requirement does not apply with the private rented sector.

There was a survey conducted whether landlords should be required to have their electrical installations and wirings checked regularly with over 157 respondents. Out of the 157 respondents, 119 voiced out their opinion that there should be regular inspection for electrical safety which should happen every five years. The government however did not heed this call from the public. More than 75 percent of the responding public was disregarded by the government.

In a separate survey by NAPIT, over 90 percent of the respondents agree that there should be regular electrical safety checks in the private rented sector. The same view has been shared by other groups in the electrical sector including the Electrical Safety First charity.

The NAPIT continues to campaign to make electrical safety checks mandatory alongside with other prominent organizations.

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