Private landlords have been reminded about their responsibilities when it comes to electrical safety.

Tony Cable, spokesman for the electrical contractors' independent voluntary group NICEIC, told Cambridge News that all landlords who provide electrical appliances in the homes they rent out need to ensure their equipment meets the correct criteria.

Cookers, washing machines and toasters, among other items, must stand up to the requirements of the Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994, he explained.

In further landlord advice, Mr Cable added: "Dangerous electrics cost lives and it is a landlord's responsibility to ensure that electrical equipment is tested and certified as safe for his renters."

Those who pay the landlord rent were also urged to play their part in ensuring electrical goods in their home are safe by requesting to see copies of safety certificates.

Similar advice should be heeded when it comes to gas installations. Earlier this year, Gas Safe Register became the accredited body for gas safety in the UK - and all appliances using this fuel must meet the organisation's standards.

Written by Sarah Field

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