Health & Safety in your home
It is a legal requirement for us to carry out a range of safety checks in your home. As stated in your tenancy agreement, you are legally required to allow us access to carry out these essential checks.
Please make sure you respond to any correspondence regarding safety checks. If you are not available during the day, we can make appointments in the evenings or at weekends.
Gas Safety Test
What is a gas safety check and service?
A gas safety check involves a Gas Safe registered engineer inspecting your gas appliances. They will check the appliance is working correctly and that:
- Harmful gases are being removed from the boiler safely to the air outside
- Ventilation routes are clear and working properly
- All the safety devices such as your carbon monoxide alarm are working.
While a gas safety check assesses the basic safety of a gas appliance, a service consists of a full check of the boiler and the engineer is likely to take the appliance apart to inspect it. The engineer will assess the physical condition of the boiler, installation pipework, air vents and any flues for deterioration. They will carry out performance tests and take any necessary remedial action. United Communities will service all the gas appliances for which it is responsible; these are items tenants cannot remove when they leave – usually built-in or fixed appliances. We strongly advise tenants to arrange appliances to be serviced regularly in line with the manufacturer’s instructions. Servicing your gas appliances regularly will make sure they are safe to use.
Click here for more information on gas servicing and safety testing.
What is an electrical safety check?
We carry out electrical safety checks every seven years and ten years on new properties. The test takes 2-3 hours. The electrician will need to disconnect the supply, test the wiring and inspect every socket and electrical fitting in every room as part of the test. If you are having this test done, please help us speed up the test and reduce the risk of damaging your possessions by ensuring you move bulky and fragile items surrounding the sockets as best you can. The engineer can assist with heavy items.
Visit Electrical Safety First for guidance on staying safe around electricity in your home.