Home Safe campaign tackles risky behaviour

Fri 27 Mar, 2015

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A study by the charity Electrical Safety First has identified that risky behaviour is leading to a huge number of accidents in people's homes.

Today (Friday 27 March 2015) it is launching Home Safe, a campaign to remind everyone that even the smallest mishap can lead to devastating consequences, with support from property expert Phil Spencer.

Adults in the UK have more than 80 million home accidents each year, causing physical injury or property damage. Over a third of people admit they have burnt themselves on an electrical item, over half have injured themselves while cooking and one in 10 have experienced a fire in the home.

Electrical Safety First says this is the result of the increasing number of unnecessary risks people take, which include:

  • Fixing appliances that are still plugged in.
  • Trying to dry objects in a microwave oven.
  • Using power tools without RCD protection. 
  • Taking batteries out of smoke alarms.
  • Overloading plug sockets.

The consequences can be serious – electricity alone causes 70 deaths a year and 350,000 serious injuries. House fires, a third of which were caused by the misuse of electrical appliances, resulted in damage valued at almost a billion pounds last year and caused 258 deaths. Of these, 146 occurred in homes without a working smoke alarm.