Electrical Safety First welcomes amendments to the Building Safety Bill

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Amendments to introduce a five-yearly electrical safety checks for social tenants and leaseholders in High Rise Residential Buildings (HRRB), as part of the Building Safety Bill, has been welcomed by Electrical Safety First.

The amendments, which were tabled by Andy Slaughter MP, have the full support of Electrical Safety First which championed the introduction of mandatory electrical safety checks in the private rental sector which the Government implemented in 2020.

It is now a legal requirement in England for private landlords of rented homes to have the electrical installations checked at least every five years.

Lesley Rudd, chief executive of Electrical Safety First (pictured), said:Those living in high rise buildings face unique risks and it is essential this Bill addresses them adequately. We have become all too familiar with how devastating electrical fires in tower blocks can be and it is a matter of urgency that all homes within a block are subject to the same protections, regardless of tenure type.

“We urge MPs to support mandatory electrical safety checks as part of this Bill so that people and their properties can be kept safe and secure from the devastation that electrical fires in high rise buildings can cause.”

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