All over the country, people are being severely injured or killed in preventable house fires caused by electrical failure. But where does your home county rank in our ‘worst to best’ rundown? And what can we do to prevent so many people needlessly losing their lives?
With the high number of house fires with an electrical source remaining a key concern for us here at Electrical Safety First, we’ve been looking into the main causes as well as the areas in which these kinds of fires are occurring most often.
We’ve crunched the data and compiled our findings into an infographic (see below).
As you can see, Greater Manchester’s been revealed as the biggest electrical house fire hotspot, with more electrical fires per 10,000 people occurring there than anywhere else in the country, with Merseyside and East Sussex not far behind.
Take a look below to see how where your county fits into the bigger picture.
You can download a document containing a more detailed breakdown of the stats here, where you’ll find the raw data we used to create our infographic.
We believe that the amount of life-threatening electrical fires could be greatly reduced if the Government were to intervene – that’s why we’re asking them to introduce mandatory five-yearly electrical checks in the private rented sector.
You can do your bit to ensure this vital legislation is pushed through by signing our Support Safer Homes petition.
And if you’d like to find out more about how you can help protect yourself around the home, read our advice on avoiding electrical fires.
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