Personal Electrical Device Policy

Introduction

All small electrical appliances owned by and in use in the accommodation are routinely checked for their electrical safety at appropriate intervals, which is a requirement under the Health and Safety Act and of our insurance company.  It is done to ensure there is a minimal risk of fire being caused by these devices and that they are maintained effectively as appropriate.

It is common, however, for people to use their own electrical devices in addition to those available at Pringle Farm and this policy is designed to ensure that they too do not increase the risk of fire or another hazard for the accommodation.

Personal Electrical Devices

The types of devices covered by this policy include but are not limited to the following:

  • Entertainment equipment – mobile phones, tablets, laptops, radios, TVs, CD players, etc.
  • Miscellaneous – heaters, fans, kettles, coffee makers, hairdryers etc.
  • In all cases this policy applies not only to the appliance itself but also to its charger and any ancillary

attachments as applicable.

  • Guests’ personal heaters or air conditioning devices are not to be used in the accommodation under any circumstances.

Responsibility

In all cases, the devices brought into the accommodation, regardless of the period for which they are in the building, are the responsibility of the owner or the person who brought them in.  It is their responsibility to ensure that the device is always used in accordance with any user instructions and that it is maintained appropriately.

Maintenance

All devices that have a mains power charger or lead must be fused with an appropriately rated fuse in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.  The mains lead must not be worn or damaged in any way and the device must also be in good working order.

Use in the Accommodation

All devices must only ever be used in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions and must not be modified in any way.

The device must be used carefully with special care taken for fire risk in particular.  Devices must not be left unattended when being charged and any charger must be unplugged from the mains when guests have vacated the accommodation.

Any devices used for heating or generating heat, (kettles, microwaves, heaters, hair straighteners etc.) must be turned off and unplugged when not in use.  Heating devices must never be left turned on whilst unattended at any time.  When in use heating devices must be kept clear of flammable materials such as clothing, paper and the like.

Any mains leads must be used considerately with due care to reduce the risk of a trip hazard in particular.

All electric devices not belonging to Pringle Farm must be removed from the accommodation on guests’ departure.

The Yard @ Pringle Farm will not be held responsible for any loss or damage to personal electrical devices whilst on the premises.