Supporting Electrical Fire Safety Week

Fire with text showing the amount of fires caused by electricity last year

Supporting Electrical Fire Safety Week

We are passionate about electrical safety and minimising risks, with today being the Pennington Choices Compliance Masterclass our CEO Ryan Dempsey is presenting the first Code of Practice (CoP) for Electrical Management in Social Housing. This coincides with National Electrical Fire Safety Week (running from 19th -24th November). This annual campaign is run by Electrical Safety First and aims to promote electrical fire safety in the home.

 

Do you know the statistics of accidental house fires that are caused by electricity? It is over half! Shocking right?

 

According to the Electrical Safety First campaign:

Last year in England, 17,743 fires were caused by electricity.

These fires were caused by faulty or misused appliances, electrical distribution faults and poor regulation of electrical safety checks, particularly in the private rented sector.

White goods, such as dishwashers, tumble dryers, and fridge freezers are amongst the leading causes of electrical fires. In England, 1,873 of these fires were caused by white goods, the equivalent of over five fires every day.

 

Tips to promote electrical safety in the home:

 

    • Check to see if your fuse box has a RCD (Residual Current Device) fitted, which can automatically switch off the electricity if there is a fault. If not, look into getting one fitted.

 

    • Always use competent electricians to carry out electrical work, don’t DIY it, look for registration of a competent person scheme and that they work to #E5 ethical principals. 

 

    • Do not overload sockets by plugging in too many appliances, use appropriate extension leads. Keep below the 13amp rule (a maximum of combined 13amps into any one socket), and use only 1 adapter per socket. 

 

    • Ensure appliance cables are in good condition, do not use if the plug is becoming loose or there are visible signs of damage.

 

    • Ensure appliances are switched off at the socket and unplugged when not in use, particularly items such as straighteners and curlers, and especially at night.

 

    • Do not use washing machines, tumble dryers or dishwashers when you are out or going to bed.

 

    • Keep liquids away from electrical appliances or cables.

 

    • Now it is getting cold ensure that electric blankets are stored and used appropriately and according to manufacturers instructions. Always check for any signs of wear and tear and do not use if you smell, hear or see anything suspicious. If damaged or older than 10 years they should be disposed of appropriately and taken to a recycling facility which accepts electric and electronic appliances.

 

    • Check your sockets regularly – if you see burn marks, hear a buzz or they feel hot, stop using them and get a registered electrician to check if they need repairing or replacing.

 

    • Keep electrical appliances clean and in good working order – Look out for fuses that blow, circuit-breakers that trip for no obvious reason and flickering lights to prevent them triggering a fire.

 

 

    • Ensure you have a working smoke alarm, and test it #TestitTuesday.

 

    • If there is a fire Get Out, Stay Out, Call 999 – Never use water on an electrical fire and don’t take any risks, only pull the plug out or switch the power off if it is safe to do so.

 

Electrical safety first also has a list of tips: here.

 

Their campaign is asking the government to take action to stop people being killed in their homes; their target is a 10% reduction in fires of electrical origin over the next five years.

 

Click here for more information on the campaign.

#EFSW

 

*stats from Electrical Safety First

Gemma Sutcliffe
Gemma Sutcliffe

Having developed my career in both SME and a large global consultancy I have gained experience delivering a variety of campaigns and plans. This has resulted in a wide-ranging knowledge of all marketing and communications areas, both strategical and tactical. I am a skilled marketing and communications professional with an eye for detail and a flair for design, passionate about compliance and improving our industry.