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05/09/17 – Fidget Spinners & Safety – CPSC Release:

You may find this safety statement from the CPSC in the US about Fidget Spinners of interest; the information is relevant here in the UK albeit the references to the legislation in the US is country specific..

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18/07/17 – RoSPA – Respond to the consultation on the Terms of Reference (ToR) of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry:

As we witnessed the terrible scenes at Grenfell Tower on the morning of June 14, our immediate thoughts were that this appalling tragedy should not be happening in one of the safest countries in the world; that something must have gone terribly wrong; and that safety decision-making must have broken down.

We believe that there must be an inquiry that digs deep enough and goes wide enough so that not only this event but similar tragedies cannot happen again.

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27/06/17 – Electrical Safety First: Press Release – Electric Shock for new MP’s:

The 96 new MPs who have just entered Parliament may have experienced a shock at the briefing they have just received from leading safety charity, Electrical Safety First.

The Charity, which is dedicated to reducing deaths, injuries and fires, caused by electricity has sent its manifesto to the ‘class of 2017’, to explain why electrical safety needs to be urgently addressed.

Read Press Release

 

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27/06/17 – Electrical Safety First – Statement on confirmation of origin of Grenfell Tower fire:

Phil Buckle, Chief Executive of Electrical Safety First, responds to police confirmation that the Grenfell Tower tragedy was caused by a faulty Hotpoint fridge freezer.

Read Statement

 

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26/06/17 – RoSPA working in Northern Ireland to prevent cleaning product injuries:

Families in Northern Ireland are being urged by the Royal Society for the Prevention Accidents (RoSPA) to take action to protect their children from the risks of household cleaning products.

The latest phase of the Take Action Today, Put Them Away campaign, funded by the UK Cleaning Products Industry Association (UKCPI), is being launched tomorrow (Tuesday, June 27) at a meeting of local council home safety officers and the Public Health Agency (PHA).

Read article

 

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10/04/17 – TIIG North West Event of interest:

There are some presentations available to view from this North West Event – and a useful update on the activities of TIIG.

The Trauma and Injury Intelligence Group (TIIG) held its North West Event on Tuesday 21st February 2017 for stakeholders and commissioners of TIIG in the North West of England. The event which took place at Liverpool John Moores University Redmonds Building was an opportunity to meet and share ideas about current and potential applications of Emergency Department data and to hear from a range of engaging speakers.

Find out more

 

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24/01/17 – European Seminar on the Use of Injury Data, Summaries of presentations and PowerPoint Slides available now:

EuroSafe held its annual seminar in Vienna on Wednesday 9 November 2016, in collaboration with the European Public Health Association (EUPHA). This year, the joint EuroSafe-EUPHA seminar looked into the “Use of injury data for effective and innovative safety promotion.

Interesting presentations available to view including:

ANEC presentation – Mike Hayes and Tania Vandenberghe

Child Safety promotion – Good Practice in German speaking countries

Injury data from Oxford and Banbury emergency departments – Errol Taylor

Find out more

 

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5/12/16 – RoSPA – 100 Year Anniversary:

Excellent link to article below which gives an interesting insight into the origins of RoSPA and the safety issues through the decades; the Vintage Posters which graphically respresent these decades which have been preserved by RoSPA are now on public display.

Find out more

 

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2/11/16 – Interesting article on household products which cause injuries to the eyes:

A range of common products can sear eyes, if left within the reach of babies. But parents may not appreciate the full range of products that should be kept in a high cabinet locked away. We all think about bleach and toilet cleaner, but what about vinegar, nail polish remover, and even alcohol-based hand sanitizers?

Find out more

 

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27/07/16 – Carbon Monoxide All Fuels Action Forum & All-Party Parliamentary Carbon Monoxide Group
Summer 2016 Newsletter:

“This is the most recent newsletter from the All Parliamentary Group on Carbon Monoxide Safety. Information on current campaigns and concerns”

Find out more

Also interesting discussion from the panel of the Gas Industry Safety Group on Carbon Monoxide and domestic properties
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16/06/16 – Pediatric Exposure to E-Cigarettes, Nicotine, and Tobacco Products in the US:

“CONCLUSIONS: The frequency of exposures to e-cigarettes and nicotine liquid among young children is increasing rapidly and severe outcomes are being reported. Swift government action is needed to regulate these products to help prevent child poisoning. Prevention strategies include public education; appropriate product storage and use away from children; warning labels; and modifications of e-cigarette devices, e-liquid, and e-liquid containers and packaging to make them less appealing and less accessible to children.”

Find out more

 

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04/05/16 – Diary Date and call for papers for RoSPA Home Safety Congress 2016: Taking the Rise out of Falls “New Approaches to Healthy Ageing” November 15th 2016, Holiday Inn, Birmingham Airport, Coventry Road, Birmingham, B26 3QW

RoSPA’s 2016 National Home Safety Congress will consider new approaches and good practice in the safety of older people in the home environment, from core principles of valuing quality of life to evaluating the effectiveness of strategies and programmes. The Congress will benefit anyone who works with older people or who is involved in strategic planning for in injury prevention

Find out more

 

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07/03/16 – Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service back Electrical Safety First Hair Straightener Campaign:

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service is backing a national campaign warning of the dangers of beauty appliances such as hair straighteners and curling irons.

An estimated 650,0000 house fires in the UK have been caused by a straightener or similar device being left on.

To highlight the issue, Electrical Safety First is launching a new campaign called “Pull the Plug.” #pulltheplug

Read article Read Electrical Safety First details

 

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03/03/16 – UKCPI and RoSPA campaign for poisoning prevention – Evaluation now published:

Read evaluation

 

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03/03/16 – Dangerous Batteries and Poundstretcher:

Although the article below is from November – I thought it would be of interest to you:

Read article

 

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18/01/16 – Housing and Health:

An article from The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health which looks at the link between housing, health and well being.

The risk of accidental injury features within this.

There are links to excellent case studies, including: Guidance for evidence on home accidents and applicable HHSRS hazards

Read article

 

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27/11/15 – Summer’s Story:

Moving and detailed video about a four year old young girl called Summer who died in 2013 from ingestion of a button battery:

This is an interesting video as the mother is very detailed about the symptoms which led up to the discovery of the battery ingestion.

See Video

 

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23/11/15 – Action on Accidents: Prevention pays dividends:

This is a press release issued today by RoSPA on the need to address preventable injuries to help minimise the burden on A&E Departments and the NHS.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) and the Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM) are calling for a £20million-per-year prevention programme, and will be launching a report of their research, called Action on Accidents to Relieve Pressure on A&E, to policymakers and health experts at a House of Lords reception today (Monday, November 23).

Press Release Read RoSPA Full Report

 

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15/10/15 – Microwave Heat Bags: Are you aware of the fire risk?:

Most people know of this type of product; you place in the microwave and it warms up. However, what has become clear is that once heated, and especially if there are no instructions for safe use the product is overheated and then placed in a cot or bed the product can self ignite and start a fire. Dorset Fire and Rescue Service are aware of five deaths nationally attributed to these products. It is worrying that in some instance teddy bear and similar child appealling versions are sold and these may be placed in cots with children. The following case is one of many articles:

Read in full You Tube Video

 

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20/08/15 – A Shock to the System: Electrical Safety in an ageing society:

Oliver Monty from Electrical Safety First forwarded this report to share with members. A 32 page document which gives interesting insights into trends of ageing and dementia and how this impacts on living safely at home with electrical appliances.

Read in full

 

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20/08/15 – Reducing rate and risk of falling.:

Although an older article, I have added to the information here for you as I feel it details in easy to read text what interventions are evidenced to reduce the rate and risk of falls in the home by older people.

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17/07/15 – Injury Observatory Newsletter Issue 20:

The most recent edition of this excellent newsletter is now available to download. Topics this month include:

Sad news about the closure of the CHAPPIE network in Wales

Devlopment of the European Injury Database’

Nottingham campaign working with RoSPA/UKCPI on prevention of injury to children from cleanng products in the home

and much more.

Read in full

 

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18/5/15-   Child Safety Week 2015:

The flagship annual child safety event is upon us this year from the 1st to the 7th June – this year’s theme is ‘Tea Time Terrors’

Find out more

 

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10/04/15 –   Mobile Phone Charger Fire:

There is a great deal of concern about using unbranded mobile and tablet chargers by the Fire & Rescue Services and the following article allows us to understand why:

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12/7/15 – Update as National Alert from Fire Authorities on this topic:

Read in full

 

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08/04/15 –   Injury Observatory Newsletter Issue 19:

The most recent edition of this excellent newsletter is now available to download. Topics this month include:

Capic Injury Prevention Systematic Review

Information on Child Safety Week 2015 – 1-7 th June – This years theme is ‘Tea Time Terrors’

New EU rules on liquid detergent capsules to make them less appealing to and safer for children

Falls and fragility fractures AKA The Triple F Programme

and much more.

Read in full

 

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07/01/15 –  Button Batteries and risks to children and older people:

The following article was forwarded to us by CAPT for our members attention. It is a NHS patient alert and is interesting as it also mentions that older people have confused the button battery used in many hearing aids for a medicinal pill and swallowed them, so it is not just a child safety risk.

There is also a link within the article to a company who have purported to developed a sealant – which if widely adopted by manufacturers – could help prevent the primary risk to people when this type of product is swallowed.

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22/09/14 –  British Medical Association and Accidental Injury Prevention:

 

The following article was forwarded to us for our members attention:

We agree that particular attention needs to be paid to improving child health and one specific target that needs far more attention is unintentional injuries in the home. They are a leading cause of preventable death for children under five years and are a major cause of ill health and disability.(6) Furthermore, many of these injuries are preventable.

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01/07/14 –  Fire Stats:

Please see below a summary excerpt from the recent publication of Fire Stats and the link to allow you to read further:

Summary points are as follows:

Fire and Rescue Authorities in Britain attended 192,600 fires in 2012-13. This is nearly a third fewer than the year before, due to fewer outdoor fires as a result of above average rain-fall.

While only 12 per cent of dwellings report not having a working smoke alarm in England, more than one third of fires occurred in dwellings in Great Britain where no alarm was installed.

Three quarters of fire-related fatalities occurred in dwelling fires, the figure fell by 11 per cent (32 deaths) compared to 2011-12.

Smoker’s materials (i.e. cigarettes, cigars or pipe tobacco) have caused the largest share of deaths in dwelling fires, while cooking appliances are the source of ignition in more than half of fires in dwellings.

Half of fire deaths in buildings that were not dwellings resulted from smoker’s material or cigarette lighters.

The risk of dying in a fire for elderly people (65 and over) is over twice as high as the average for all ages.

In the year to 2012-13 fire fatalities rates fell by 10% in England and by over 20% in Scotland and Wales. Scotland continued to have a higher rate of fire deaths compared to both England and to Wales.

Males have higher rates of fire fatality than females, but the gender gap in fire fatality rate narrowed in 2012-13

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/321097/140602_FINAL_Monthly_Fire_Bulletin_46_-_June_2014.pdf

 

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25/02/14 –  E Gigarettes and Toxicity Dangers to Children:

The following article was forwarded to us for our members attention.

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25/02/14 – Eurosafe Alert Newsletter Issue 9:

Members may find this newsletter of interest. Issue 9 looks at:

Injury Data collection in the UK and Wales

The Child Product Safety Guide

EU Wide Poison Prevention Campaign

Safety for Seniors

Read in full

 

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30/1/14 –  Mother’s Perspective on Child Injury Prevention Messages:

The following article looks at how parents percieve and engage with accident prevention messages.

The findings suggest that timely childhood injury-related risk messages should be delivered during pregnancy and in line with developmental milestones of the child, through a range of sources including social networks, mass media, face-to-face advice from health professionals and other suitably trained mothers. In addition information on the safe use of home appliances around children and use of child safety equipment should be targeted specifically at those who have recently migrated to the United Kingdom.
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30/1/14 –  Child Health Integration Team:

The Child Injury Health Integration Team (HIT) is a team of nurses, doctors, practitioners and scientists, working together to reduce the number of unintentional injuries to children across the Bristol area. The overall aim of the CIPIC HIT is to help Bristol set the national standard for integrating prevention, care and rehabilitation across children’s trauma service

HIT Team

 

 

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30/10/13 – Carbon Monoxide Poisoning:

The following has been brought to our attention from the recent National Home Safety Committee meeting and is a very clever fake movie trailer for the hazard that is Carbon Monoxide poisoning.

Done in a scary movie type of theme, it is an excellent approach to raising awareness. So much so, that it has also won awards for Gas Safe; it is part of the wider Silent Killer Campaign.  I have provided the following links to allow you to read more:

 

http://www.silentkiller.co.uk/

 

Gas Safe Register Press Release

 

www.gassafetyweek.co.uk

 

www.staygassafe.co.uk (Interactive tool for entering your postcode and reading local results about incidents involving gas safety and unsafe appliances inspected)

 

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12/09/13 – Article on the hazard of liquitabs in the home for children:

An increase in the number of babies injured by swallowing brightly coloured liquitabs used in washing machines and dish washers has led to a health board issuing a safety warning to parents.

Dangers of Liquitabs

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09/07/13 – Chinese Lanterns -Smethwick Fire Service Concerns:

The recent extensive fire at a recyling plant in the West Midlands which the fire service has stated has been caused by a Chinese Lantern has prompted the following article:

“These floating lanterns not only constitute a fire hazard but also pose a risk to livestock, agriculture, camping activities, thatched properties and hazardous material sites,” it said.

Chinese Lanterns

 

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13/06/13 – Delivering Accident Prevention at a local level in the new Public Health System:

This is a new document which has been produced by RoSPA, supported by Public Health England and funded by the Department of Health. Excerpt below:

The document provides valuable advice on effective interventions for those involved in developing local strategies, and on how partnership working can help improvements in accident prevention and other areas of public health.

 It highlights the importance of reducing the huge burden of accidents on families, local communities, accident and emergency departments, the wider health and social care services and the economy as a whole, and the benefits of investing in prevention.

Delivering Accident Prevention

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17/4/13 – I thought that you may find the newsletter accessed below via the link, of interest.

There are some really interesting articles, including a very interesting one on the consumer’s perception of a CE Mark.

CE Marking is not a mark of safety, nor a mark of quality, and has never been intended as a mark for consumers. It is directed at market surveillance authorities and customs authorities. It should not continue to be a marking able to confuse and mislead consumers.

The point they make is a valid one, in that not all products are required to carry a CE mark, as it relates to products which have a directive and not all do. They give the example of a baby’s cot, the child version has no CE mark, yet a toy cot is required to have one if it is for sale in the EU. How does a consumer know that?
Quarterly EuroSafe

Alert Newsletter - Issue 8

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18/2/13 – How my four year old was nearly strangled by a window blind cord:

Daily Mail

 

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15/2/13 – Prioritising accident prevention could slash A&E waiting times, says RoSPA.

Putting accident prevention at the heart of England’s public health strategy could drastically cut A&E attendance and waiting times, says the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).

Press Release

 

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15/2/13 – Injury Prevention Newsletters – See the latest issue

IPN is the joint electronic newsletter of the Injury Observatory for Britain and Ireland (IOBI) and the Collaboration for Accident Prevention and Injury Control (CAPIC)

IPN is a free source of information on new initiatives, publications of statistics, research findings, forthcoming conferences and events and will highlight new additions to IOBI and CAPIC websites. IPN is produced three times yearly with editions in January/February, May/June and October/November.

Latest Issue plus archive links

 

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22/1/13 – Professor David Heymann has been confirmed as the Chair of Public Health England’s Advisory Board.

Press Release

 

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21/12/12 – The Electrical Safety Council issue a quarterly magazine called Switched On and the current issue highlights, amongst other issues, concerns about fires in the home originating from electrical intake positions.

If goods are stored next to these, as the intakes are often in areas such as under the stairs, any electrical fault can ignite these goods causing the devastation that has been evidenced in recent deaths attributed to this.

Fire and Rescue Services across the UK are working with the ESC in distributing warning labels and leaflets to raise awareness of this preventable hazard.

To date over 240,000 labels and leaflets have been supplied to 42 Fire and Rescue Services. There is also a Welsh Language version.

The ESC has also offered to part fund a supply of these labels to meter operators when visiting homes to replace electricity meters.

The Smart Meter progamme is replacing meters, all 26 million homes in the UK will have them by 2019, so offers an opportunity to ensure householders know this risk exists.

ESC - Smart Meters

 

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18/12/12 – Part P Update – Written Ministerial Statement by The Right Honourable Don Foster MP on changes to the building regulations regime in England and theElectrical Safety Council Statement in response

See Statement
Today Don Foster, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, issued a statement on the changes to the Building Regulations in England, including Part P.In response, Phil Buckle, Director General of the Electrical Safety Council (ESC) said:“Whilst we welcome the attempt to make Part P less bureaucratic and more effective, reducing notifiable work could put people at real risk.  Both statistical data and anecdotal evidence indicates that kitchens are high risk areas, so any electrical work must be of a high standard. Given Part P is the only legislation which protects people in their home, any reduction in notifiable work in kitchens is concerning”.

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RoSPA – Safety Gone Sane release – Fire Hazards

22/11/12
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Press Release – RoSPA – Nappy Sack Hazard Warning Reiterated

20/11/12

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) is alerting parents to the deadly danger of nappy sacks to their babies. At least 12 babies in England and Wales, aged from two-months-old to a year, have died since 2001 from suffocation or choking after putting a nappy sack in their mouth.

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RoSPA Press Release

‘Fresh evidence shows Accident Prevention should be the number one priority for Public Health’ says RoSPA Chief

9/11/12

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents is today calling for urgent action after unveiling evidence that shows accidents are responsible for more “preventable” years of life lost than any other cause of death to at least the age of 60.

The 95-year-old safety charity says the ground-breaking research should now radically alter the way politicians and health professionals prioritise resources – not just in the UK but around the world.

When re-analysing data from the Office for National Statistics alongside, other, recently developed data, RoSPA deduced that the traditional framework for defining the most needy priorities was now out of date. RoSPA now says the proper focus for public health interventions should be on addressing both premature mortality and those causes of death which can actually be prevented.

When the data up to age 75 is considered, preventable cancers eclipse accidents. Work continues to determine the cross-over point of these two causes of preventable death between ages 60 and 75. After 75, accidental death remains a close second in this mortality table until people are in their mid-80s, when it drops into third place behind cancer and heart disease.

Years of life lost is a measure of premature mortality and is used to compare the relative importance of different causes of death, particularly between those which occur while young and those in old age. Preventability measures whether an illness or injury can be prevented, not how difficult or costly it might be to achieve a successful intervention.

Yet, unlike diseases which cause premature death, accidents, which are one of the most easily-prevented causes of death, do not benefit from large-scale investment or national strategies.

To tackle the problem, RoSPA is calling for the following urgent action:

1. Government ministers to make accidents a top priority and to provide national leadership
2. England’s public health authorities to allocate £1billion from existing funds to address the causes of accidents in line with this new data
3. A task force set up to coordinate national action.

Tom Mullarkey, RoSPA’s chief executive, said: “This stunning new research changes everything in public health, improving the life chances of everyone in our country. It’s one of the most important announcements RoSPA has made in its 95-year history.

“Human life is precious and we all have a moral obligation to prevent people dying before their time.

“We all know about diseases and the resources that are pumped into preventing the deaths they cause.

“But if only a fraction of that resource was used to prevent accidents we would not be faced, as we are today, with an accident epidemic that’s wiping out people in their prime.

“Taking all the factors into account, it is clear that accident prevention should be the number one priority for public health in this country. Aligning what we now see is the dominant cause of premature, preventable death with the most cost-effective intervention strategies presents us with a golden opportunity to save lives and reduce injuries on a hitherto unprecedented scale.”

The evidence will be contained in a new document – the Big Book of Accident Prevention – which RoSPA aims to give to every member of every Health and Wellbeing Board in England, ahead of wholesale Public Health reforms taking effect in April.

The research was officially unveiled at the Birmingham-based charity’s AGM today.

RoSPA has contributed to the debate surrounding the reorganisation of public health on many occasions, including through consultation and inquiry responses.

 

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Electrical Safety Council

24/9/12

New research from the Electrical Safety Council shows an alarming rise in fires caused by the misuse of appliances in the home.  Appliance misuse is already the top cause of all fires in British homes with millions of people committing everyday safety ’blunders’ without realising the risk of fire. The Charity, whose campaign is supported by the Chief Fire Officers Association, has issued guidance, top tips and a Facebook application to help combat these easily avoidable safety mistakes.
Britain’s biggest blunders [and the percentage of UK public committing them]:
  • Creating a fire hazard by using the microwave as an additional surface and blocking air vents (33%)
  • Increasing the risk of serious fire spreading by leaving the tumble dryer running unattended or overnight (9%)
  • Blocking air vents by failing to clean behind their fridge/freezer (44%)
  • Overloading adaptor sockets, causing an unsafe rise in temperature (16%)
  • Leaving an electrical appliance on while unattended, only to be alerted by a burning smell (9%)

Overall, a staggering three quarters  of UK adults confessed to committing at least one simple safety blunder or misuse of an electrical appliance. The Electrical Safety Council believes that there is a clear link between this lack of understanding and the surge in ‘blunder fires’.

Fires caused by misuse of appliances have increased by over a third since 2009 , despite there being an overall decline in house fires, with chip pan fires plummeting by two thirds and fires started through smoking dropping by a third . On average, fires caused by misuse of appliances kill 22 people, seriously injure about 2,500  and cost tens of millions of pounds in damage each year . In the last year alone, there were 14,700 fires of this nature.
Concern is heightened by the fact that there has been a considerable increase in the number of higher risk appliances in our homes – since 2004, the number of microwaves has increased by 1,457,000 and tumble dryers by 2,148,000 .

Despite the increasing risk to homes, many UK adults do not have adequate protection from electrical fires; less than half (49%) have a Residual Current Device (RCD) in their fusebox, a vital safety device which minimises the risk of fire by cutting off the power in the event of a fault. However, almost four out of five (79%) believe that their homes are electrically safe.
Simple steps to safety

To help the public test their own knowledge and become more aware of fire safety blunders, the ESC has created a Fire Blunders game, hosted on Facebook, which helps identify mistakes and improve safety. People can also download the free ‘Home Electrical Safety Check’ Smartphone app, a simple tool to check homes for electrical danger, or visit the ESC’s dedicated webpage esc.org.uk/homesafety, which contains top tips for avoiding simple blunders.

Phil Buckle, Director General of the Electrical Safety Council said:
“People think that they are behaving safely but the majority of people we surveyed had put themselves at risk by unknowingly making a safety blunder. Fires caused by misuse of appliances – the vast majority of which are electrical – are so easy to prevent but they will keep increasing unless people understand the simple things that can and do cause fires.

“Today we are issuing a warning to consumers: make sure you’re informed about electrical safety to avoid the increasing risk of injury or death by electrical fire. Most accidents are preventable and the ESC is here to help you. Protect yourself, your home and your family by following our simple tips, installing RCD protection in your fuse box or testing your current knowledge in our Facebook blunder quiz.”

Vij Randeniya, President of the Chief Fire Officers Association said:
“We support the ESC’s campaign and the partnership with local Fire and Rescue Services around the country. A house fire can have devastating and long term effects, not only losing belongings, memories and possibly lives, but also in terms of mental scars and trauma. Thankfully, many fires can be prevented by taking a few simple safety steps, but the ESC’s research has exposed a shocking lack of public awareness in this area.”To learn how to protect yourself, your home and your family from house fires take the Facebook Blunder quiz by searching ‘Electrical Safety Council’ on Facebook, or follow our top tips on esc.org.uk/homesafety

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