Our Key Policies in Scotland

Our Public Affairs and Policy Work in Scotland

Electrical Safety First works closely with the Scottish Government and Members of the Scottish Parliament, as well as other policy makers, to ensure that people are kept safe in their homes from accidents, injuries and fires caused by electricity.  We also deliver key statistics, respond to consultations, and produce policy and research reports.

We have published our electrical safety manifesto for the Scottish Parliament election on the 6th May.   Electricity causes nearly three quarters of all house fires in Scotland each year.[1]  We estimate that electrical-related house fires cost the Scottish economy £35 million in 2019.[2]   However the personal cost is incalculable and, not surprisingly, older and vulnerable people are most at risk.

We have five key asks of the next Scottish Government and elected MSPs to protect people, property and communities from electrical risk.

Five Key Asks:

  • A cross-government plan for electrical safety, allowing shared intelligence to create an improved evidence base, ensuring better targeting of resources to help protect the most vulnerable.
  • A common standard for electrical safety in all homes so that everyone, regardless of tenure, has equal protection from electrical risk.
  • Safeguards to protect rising tide of dangerous, sub-standard and counterfeit electrical products.
  • Measures to ensure the safety of domestic electrical installations, including easy-to-access routes to find registered electricians.
  • A clear focus on the future challenges for electrical safety, from the decarbonisation of energy in housing to the mainstreaming of electric vehicles.

You can download our full manifesto here.

[1] https://www.electricalsafetyfirst.org.uk/what-we-do/our-policies/scotland/statistics-scotland/

[2] There were 3,429 electrical-related house fires in 2019. 572 resulted in a death or injury. Based on the economic costs of a house fire of £7,300 and £24,900 where an injury or death was recorded, derived from this UK Government report: https://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20121105004822/http://www.communities.gov.uk/documents/fire/pdf/144524.pdf, we calculate: 2,857 x £7,300 + 572 x £24,900 = £35, 098, 900.

Our Campaigns in Scotland

Inequality Street

Campaigning for electrical safety equality, regardless of tenure, in Scottish homes.

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Identifying the gap in safety standards for short-term lets in Scotland

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