How to get an electrical safety certificate

When you move into a new home, one of the first things you ensure is that the electrics work. Indeed, the last thing you want to be dealing with is faulty electricity. It is therefore imperative that whether you are selling or renting a property, you get an electrical safety certificate and RCD and smoke alarm compliance check to prove that all the electrical work in the property adheres to stringent safety codes, so you do not put your new tenants or buyers at risk.

In fact, it is now a legal requirement that you have an electrical safety certificate completed by a licensed electrician to confirm that all electrical work carried out at your property has been tested and complies with government guidelines. It is also a legal requirement to have two functional RCD’s fitted and to have hard-wired smoke alarms no more than ten years old in all properties that are currently rented or for sale.


So, whether you need compliance checks for RCD’s and smoke alarms or to get an electrical safety certificate to ensure that all the electrics at your property are safe and in line with government regulations, we recommend hiring a licensed electrician today.


What is an electrical safety certificate ?


An electrical safety certificate is a legal document that certifies that the electrical work complies with your local government requirements and wiring regulations. It is required any time a licensed electrician undertakes any electrical work, including installing, modifying or altering your electrical wiring, in your home, commercial or industrial property. Indeed, an electrical safety certificate guarantees that any work carried out at the property complies with the Electrical Safety Act and Electrical Safety Regulations and must be submitted by a licensed electrician.


Why do I need an electrical safety certificate ?

An electrical safety certificate is not only an essential safety precaution but also a legal requirement. As a landlord or authorised real estate agent, you have an ethical obligation to ensure that your home is safe for your tenants or prospective buyers. This includes making sure that your building has compliant smoke alarms and reliable RCD protection. Getting an electrical safety certificate from a licensed electrician is your guarantee that any electrical work carried out at your property has been done so by a licensed electrician and is safe for both you and your tenants, employees or prospective buyers.


How can I get an electrical safety certificate ?


By law, the only person who can issue you an electrical safety certificate is a licensed electrician. Indeed, any electrician who carries out any electrical work on your premises must provide you with an electrical safety certificate within twenty-eight days of completing the work. A copy of the certificate must then also be retained by the electrician for a minimum of five years.


Here at Verlek Electrical Solutions, our team of licensed electricians can issue you a same day electrical safety certificate. All of our electricians are fully qualified and insured and are available for fast same day service. Moreover, our team of licensed electricians can assist you in not only providing you with an electricity safety certificate, but can perform electrical inspections, electrical testing and electrical repairs. We can also assist you if you need a compliance check for your RCD or smoke alarm unit.

How do I check my property for RCD and smoke alarm compliance ?


By ensuring that your RCD (Residual Current Device) and smoke alarms are compliant with government regulations and safe to use, you are potentially saving lives. Indeed, as the property owner, it is your responsibility to check that both the RCD and smoke alarms in your property are maintained and always remain in working order. The best way to check if your property is RCD and smoke alarm compliant, is to hire a qualified electrician to carry out compliance checks for RCD’s and smoke alarms at your property.


Indeed, once the compliance checks for RCD’s and smoke alarms are complete, the electrician will issue you with an electricity safety certificate for your records so you can ensure your property is safe and compliant with government regulations for any future rentals or sales of the property.


Do I need an RCD compliance check ?


An RCD, or residual current device, is a life-saving device which instantly cuts the electricity supply if you touch something live, such as a bare wire. An RCD can also prevent you from receiving a fatal electric shock and protect you against electrical fires. As a result, the law requires that every property has a minimum of two RCD's installed before it can be sold or rented.

Indeed, it is advised to have an RCD compliance check if you intend to rent or sell your property or if you are worried that your RCD is tripping. If you are unsure if you need RCD testing or would like to book one in today, we highly recommend that you speak to one of our team of licensed electricians to discuss your requirements.


Do I need a smoke alarm compliance check ?


In addition to having two RCD's installed, it is also a requirement to have hard-wired smoke alarms, no more than ten years old, in any property that is either for rent or for sale. Battery operated smoke alarms are no longer sufficient, and it is now the responsibility of the owner to ensure that the smoke alarms are not only in working order but are permanently connected to the consumer mains power and in accordance with the Building Code of Australia.

It is advised to have a smoke alarm compliance check if you intend to rent or sell your property. It is also recommended to have a smoke alarm compliance check if your smoke alarm is chirping as this can signal a malfunction. Indeed, our team of licensed electricians can perform smoke alarm compliance checks if you are planning on renting or selling your property or are wondering why your smoke alarm is chirping, as well as perform smoke alarm installation, smoke alarm replacement and smoke alarm servicing.


We highly recommend that you keep your property safe and book a safety check with our team of highly experienced professional electricians to ensure your property is compliant with government guidelines today.

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