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'MOT Your Home' campaign launched by NICEIC

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. Apparently there are around 43,000 fires every year in UK homes, of which over 8,170 are caused by electrical faults and unsafe electrics.

The survey revealed that nearly 89% of homeowners don’t really think about getting their electrics fully tested, with 88% confessing that getting their gas boiler checked is more important to them. Worse still, over 32% admitted that they had never had the electrics in their home fully tested.

The result of this research prompted NICEIC to launch its ‘MOT Your Home’ campaign, a national consumer safety campaign designed to warn homeowners about the dangers of electrical DIY.

Fronted by home-improvement celebrity, Linda Barker, the 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.

Tony Cable from NICEIC said: "Nearly half 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. Our 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.

"Many NICEIC contractors 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."

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