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Home safety

This section looks at fire, gas and electrical safety. It explains how to prevent accidents and what you should do in an emergency. It also explains the responsibilities landlords have if you are renting your home.

Download our handy checklist which highlights the most important things you need to remember.

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

Landlords’ obligations in relation to gas, fire and electrical safety have not changed during the coronavirus pandemic.

You should inform your landlord of any safety issues by phone, email or online as soon as you can.

If it is safe and reasonable, you may be able to allow local authorities, landlords or contractors access to your property in order to inspect or fix any urgent health and safety issues. Everyone should follow the social distancing guidance during any visit and also check any local restrictions that might apply in your area.

Annual gas safety checks remain an important legal requirement but they should be rearranged if they cannot go ahead safely because someone in your home is at high risk or self isolating. Further guidance for tenants and landlords is available on the Gas Safe Register website.

Responsibility for gas safety

Landlords, tenants and owner-occupiers all have legal responsibilities when it comes to gas safety

Gas safety checks

If the gas appliances in your home are unsafe, you could be at risk of fire, explosion or carbon monoxide poisoning

Gas safety precautions

There are important steps you should take to keep your home safe. If you’re renting your home, many of these are your landlord’s responsibility

Responsibility for fire safety

If you rent your home,  your landlord has to meet certain fire safety obligations.

Fire safety precautions

Whether you’re a home owner or a tenant, there are certain simple precautions you should always take, to minimize the risk of fire in your home.

Responsibility for electrical safety

Landlords, tenants and owner-occupiers all have legal responsibilities when it comes to electrical safety.

Electrical safety precautions

Take these important steps to keep your home safe. If you’re renting your home, many of these are your landlord’s responsibility

When power goes off

The electricity in your home can go off for a variety of reasons. It may be because of an electrical fault in your property or a supply problem in the area

We are sorry that we cannot provide this information in Welsh, however if you would like to speak to an adviser in Welsh please contact 08000 495 495.

This page was last updated on: September 17, 2020

Shelter Cymru acknowledges the support of Shelter in allowing us to adapt their content. The information contained on this site is updated and maintained by Shelter Cymru and only gives general guidance on the law in Wales. It should not be regarded or relied upon as a complete or authoritative statement of the law.

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