BLOG: The importance of Gas, Electrical and Fire Safety.
13 September 2021
By Gemma Gordon, Gas, Electrical & Fire Safety Compliance Paralegal
A high level of Gas, Electrical and Fire Safety within your home is crucial to protect yourself and your family. At Network Homes, it’s our corporate social responsibility to help protect residents who live in the homes we manage by completing the right checks and ensuring you have the correct systems in your home.
We monitor the safety of your home by completing annual gas safety inspections, installing sprinklers and carrying out electrical checks. We also inspect the properties we manage every year to check and service heating appliances and smoke detectors.
Why inspections are so important
- Properly inspecting fire systems and testing sprinkler systems avoids citations, fines, or in worse incidents injury or death.
- Poorly maintained gas appliances can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. Carbon monoxide poisoning affects over a thousand people each year and can be fatal. We’re proud to say Network has achieved a high level of compliance throughout the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic even higher than some of our counterparts in the G15.
- Electrical Testing is the only way to find manufacturing faults that could risk the electrical safety of a product. Thorough electrical safety testing protects against the risk of electrical shock and means products can be used for their intended purpose with minimal chance of injury occurring.
During inspections, we’ve made sure there are COVID-19 safety measures in place for residents by ensuring our contractors:
- Wear PPE equipment and maintain social distance when attending properties
- Increase the frequency of hand washing and surface cleaning
- Keep the activity time involved as short as possible
- Use screens or barriers to separate people from each other
- Use back-to-back or side-to-side working (rather than face-to-face) whenever possible
- Reduce the number of people each person has contact with by using ‘fixed teams or partnering’ (so each person works with only a few others)
- Reschedule appointments for later dates where residents are self-isolating or shielding
Gas, Electrical and Fire Safety Week 13 – 17 September 2021
Keep an eye out for more information and blogs about gas, electrical and fire safety, which we'll publish on our website each day this week.
Also come along to our virtual ‘Meet the Teams’ event on 15 September 2021 at 6pm to 7pm where you'll get to meet the Gas, electrical and Fire Safety teams and find out more about how to keep your family safe in your home.
If you want to find out more about Gas Safety Week, take a look at the Gas Safety Week 2021 national campaign.