Use the services of a commercial electrician to prevent electricity hazards.
The commercial electrician that you’re choosing should really have some sort of backing and should have experience but most of all they should have a license.
You should check their contractors license and this should be displayed on their business card or on their website.
So it’s important to make sure that they have these credentials before you send them out to do a job and represent your company. You should have a residual current device and there’s some misconceptions on how many you should have and whether it should be on a lighting circuit and a power circuit and in fact it should be both.
If the home doesn’t have a safety switch at all there should be one installed immediately at minimum on the power circuit within homes in Toronto. It is essential and by law they do have to have a safety switch.
This can simply be checked at your point of inspection by checking the switchboard to see if there is a safety switch in there and if you don’t know what a safety switch looks like it’s got a button that you push on the front of it that says test.
Once you’ve tested your safety switch it should flick down, once it’s flicked down you can press it back up and put it back into the on position. If there’s more than one safety switch in your switchboard make sure that you test them all.
Make sure you turn your laptop’s off or any other devices you’ve got in your home when you’re doing this testing so you don’t cause any further problems.
A good tip is to actually test your safety switch every time you get your electricity bill so when you get your bill test your switch and just make sure that it’s doing its job and serving its purpose the way it should be.
Every property should be fitted with smoke alarms and the tenant once again does have a responsibility of testing these smoke alarms and changing the battery in these smoke alarms regularly.
Once again you can do this at the point of your electricity bill coming through and that can be a prompter and a reminder to replace these batteries.
A lot of the times we get smoke alarms that have been installed in the wrong location, it might be in a kitchen where they’re cooking toast or a range hood is letting go of gases and it sets off the smoke alarm and this can be quite annoying for the tenant.
Quite often the tenant will just take a battery out of the smoke alarm so that the smoke alarm doesn’t continually go off instead of contacting the actual property manager and letting them know of the problem.
This is really important to actually check and most of the time you can see this identified by a red or a green light on the front of the smoke alarm so it’s important to remember at the end of every lease or at the renewal of a lease that these smoke alarms are checked.