Posted 7th Dec 2018

Survey uncovers those most at risk from electrical fires

By KBBDaily on 7th December 2018 - 15:30pm
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New research by Electrical Safety First – ESF – has uncovered who is most at risk from electrical fires, with the survey finding that isolated over-65s living in Wales are at “much greater risk from electrical fires”.

According to ESF – which questioned 1,000 adults – older people living alone experienced three times more electrical fires than the same age group who co-habit, while 311 accidental electrical fires occurred in homes of older people in Wales, 76% of whom lived alone.

One in six survey participants said they believed they would be less at risk if they were living with someone else, ESF added. Close to half of those questioned added that they do not know the warning signs of dangerous or damaged electrics.

“We are urging Welsh communities to visit older people who may be living alone,” said ESF CEO Phil Buckle. “Our findings revealing the disturbing number of electrical fires affecting this demographic but we can all do our part to address this issue.

“Checking in on your older neighbour, friend or relative won’t only help tackle loneliness but could save a life. You may discover something that prevents a serious incident from occurring and with your help, we can change things for the better.”

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