A recent report has highlighted some troubling statistics that expose just how prevalent electrical fires are in Britain, especially in the homes of pensioners living alone.
The charity Electrical Safety First (ESF) found that, in 2017, there were 4,426 electrical fires in the homes of over-65s who live alone, a figure that accounted for 22 per cent of all electrical fires during that year. As the charity points out, only 7% of the overall UK population are over 65 and living alone, therefore this group's risk is 'severely disproportionate.'
ESF pointed to social isolation as a key factor contributing to the number of incidents, and has urged family, friends and neighbours to check on electrical gadgets and appliances used by older people.
While we would endorse this message, we'd also urge anyone to consider contacting a professional electrical testing company to carry out inspections and portable appliance testing (PAT testing) in the home. It's true that some faults and potential hazards can be picked up visually, but only a fully trained electrician will be qualified to conduct a thorough test using specialist equipment. Although PAT testing is not a legal requirement for domestic premises (as it is in the workplace), it is the best way to ensure enhanced safety and peace of mind.
A number of factors can spark an electrical fire, but the most likely include:
Harry Woodage, our Commercial Director here at Allsaved, said: "The report from Electrical Safety First makes sobering reading. It's a reminder that the modern appliances we take for granted can pose safety risks, especially if used in a home that does not have up-to-date wiring.
"Anyone who is worried about their wiring – either in their own property or in the home of an older family member or friend – should contact a registered expert to arrange an inspection. This is a service we are proud to provide for clients, many of whom are retired people in the Sussex area."
Our fully accredited electricians can visit your home or business to carry out a risk assessment and advise on any work that may be necessary to meet current safety standards. Please don't hesitate to get in touch and we will be happy to book an appointment at a convenient time. Our fees are highly competitive, offering great value and excellent customer service.