MOT your home

New research from NICEIC has revealed that homeowners are risking their lives by not getting their electrics fully checked, leaving potentially deadly faults lurking in thousands of homes. The survey revealed that nearly nine out of ten (89%) homeowners don't really think about getting their electrics fully tested, with eighty percent (88%) confessing that getting their gas boiler checked is more important to them. Worse still, over a third (32%) admitted  that they have never had the electrics in their home fully tested.                               

That’s why NICEIC has launched ‘MOT Your Home’, a national consumer safety campaign warning homeowners about the dangers of electrical DIY. The new campaign encourages homeowners whose property is over 10 years old to employ a registered electrician to carry out a Periodic Inspection Report, which acts like an MOT for the property. The campaign encourages consumers to get their homes checked and make electrical safety a top priority. Even though it’s tempting to try and save a few pennies where possible at the moment, a simple home MOT could save lives.

To help homeowners ensure optimum electrical safety in their home there are some simple tips and advice to protect families and homes from electrical fire risks. Nearly half (48%) of homeowners admitted to asking a friend or partner to have a go at electrical work in their home. This means there are potentially deadly underlying electrical problems in homes across the UK as a result of botched DIY jobs. The campaign aims to change the public’s mindset about getting their electrics checked by a registered electrician, in order to keep their home and family safe. Electricians offer a Periodic Inspection Report which will reveal if electrical circuits are overloaded, find potential hazards in the installation and identify faulty DIY work. Homeowners will then receive a report which details the overall condition of all their electrics and points out any work that might need to be carried out.”