Warning on electrical and gas risks in rental homes

Consumer Protection have warned about electrical risks in rental homes.
Consumer Protection have warned about electrical risks in rental homes.

WE have received complaints from tenants recently about electrical hazards and gas leaks in rental properties.

Issues include faulty electrical wiring, power sockets and appliances blowing, power shortages when raining and water leaking on to electrical points.

At least two RCDs must be fitted before selling a home in all properties constructed after 2000 and in all rental properties.

These devices cut the electricity supply instantly an electrical fault is detected.

As a tenant, if you notice that two RCDs have not been installed, you should write to your property manager and keep a copy of the letter.

If this is still not done, you can contact Building and Energy (formerly Energy Safety).

Each RCD should be tested every three months and can be done so as shown in the video at www.commerce.wa.gov.au/building-and-energy/testing-rcds.

Electric shocks, tingles from metal fixtures or unexplained dimming or brightening of lights should be reported immediately to the network operator and your property manager to avoid a serious electrical hazard.

If you smell gas you should contact WA’s gas distributor ATCO or your gas supplier.

Follow instructions to make the situation safe, which may include turning off the gas supply, not smoking or operating electrical appliances, lights or mobile phone and potentially evacuating.

Only a licensed professional should fix a gas leak.

Report all electrical hazards to your network operator, either Western Power on 13 13 51 (24 hours) or Horizon Power on 13 23 51 (24 hours)

Report gas leaks to ATCO Gas Faults and Emergencies on 13 13 52 (24 hours) or if you need an interpreter, call the Translating and Interpreting Service on 13 14 50 (24 hours).