Each year, Electrical Safety First works with the Government's Fire Kills campaign to promote electrical fire safety in the home. In 2014, Electrical Fire Safety Week runs from 10th to 16th November.
For 2014, our focus is on the dangers of portable heaters, responsible for 4% of accidental house fires. The number of deaths and serious injuries is higher than with any other cause. Elderly people and children are particularly vulnerable.
This problem is one that we believe will increase as householders, worried about the rising cost of energy bills, look for alternative, cost-effective ways of staying warm during the winter months.
Research showed that over three quarters of people are worried about being able to afford to heat their homes, and over half will be using portable heaters to keep warm.
We highlighted the most common mistakes and found an alarming number of people did not realise that they were putting themselves at risk:
- 38% would leave a heater switched on and unattended
- 33% would use one to keep elderly relatives warm
- 21% would leave one switched on overnight
By working closely with Fire & Rescue Services throughout the UK, we are working to raise awareness of these risks, and the simple steps that people can take to avoid a devastating fire this winter.
Find out about our previous campaigns for Electrical Fire Safety Week: