Electrical Safety – Don’t Sleep on it

23 July 2009

Electrical safety in the home

Following reports that the recent Camberwell blaze was caused by a television catching fire, the Electrical Safety Council – a leading consumer safety charity - is advising people about the risks of leaving electrical appliances on overnight or while they are out.

Each year there are over 40,000 fires caused by electricity in homes across the UK – almost half of them caused by faulty appliances or misuse of electrical equipment - and it’s estimated that at least 500 of these are caused by televisions.

“We urge householders to unplug or switch off appliances at the socket overnight - and when going out - to avoid the risk of an electrical fault causing a fire. They should also try to ensure that they don’t leave washing machines, tumble dryers or dishwashers switched on overnight for the same reason and, of course, smoke alarms are an essential safeguard,” explains Phil Buckle, Director General of the Electrical Safety Council.

The Camberwell fire, which began on the ninth floor, swept through the twelve storey Lakanal House in Sceaux Gardens on July 3rd, killing six people. Police say a portable television, which was at least ten years old,

For more information please contact media@electricalsafetyfirst.org.uk