Electrical hazards are invisible but deadly, causing fires and electrical shocks. These hazards are easily preventable if you use an NICEIC-registered contractor to install, inspect and maintain your electrics.
Government figures show that electricity causes more than 20,000 fires a year – almost half of all accidental house fires. (Source: DCLG)
Each year 70 people are killed and 350,000 seriously injured due to an electrical accident in the home. (Source: ESC)
There are also about 12,500 electrical fires in homes across the UK each year. Although many incidents are caused by faulty appliances rather than the electrical installation itself, a properly installed and well-maintained electrical system could save lives.
Cables, switches, socket-outlets and other equipment deteriorate with prolonged use, so they all need to be checked and necessary replacements or repairs made in good time.
Whilst it is relatively easy to make an electrical circuit work – it is far more tricky to make the circuit work safely. To avoid the dangers that electricity can create it is essential that electrical work is carried out only by those with the correct knowledge, skill and experience in the type of electrical work to be undertaken.
The Electrical Safety Council published the results of their National Consumer Survey and found that:
- 42% of those surveyed stated they had never had their electrics checked
- 32% of DIYers stated they had experienced one or more electric shocks while carrying out DIY
- 59% of people do not use qualified electricians when carrying out electrical work
- 48% of those surveyed did not know that their electrics should be checked at least every 10 years
Advice on electrical safety for householders can be found at www.esc.org.uk.