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Keeping electrical safety in check

Facts & figures

If you’re unsure as to the benefits of engaging an experienced and competent electrical safety testing supplier, we present below some startling statistics (courtesy of AOL Money UK):

Faulty sockets, poorly installed lights, loose ‘chocolate boxes’, where light fittings are attached to the wires, and faulty side lamps or night lights can all cause electrical fires. However, you also have to watch for where bulbs can come into contact with light shades. In 2012 lighting caused 767 fires, 74 injuries and 1 death.

Faulty or ageing wiring and plugs – or too many plugs in a single adapter – can easily start a fire. They were responsible for 3,899 fires in 2012, causing 223 injuries and 10 deaths.

Around 70 people are killed every year, and 350,000 people are injured, as a result of a fire caused by an electrical appliance. They may be faulty models, or they may be used incorrectly. In 2012, almost 8,000 fires were the result of faults.

Cooking appliances, including ovens and microwaves, account for the most fires and injuries in the UK. In 2012 they started almost 12,000 fires, causing almost 1,500 injuries, and 10 deaths.

Electrical products make up around 8% of all recalls, with more than 150 a year. Which? found that 23% of consumers have owned a recalled product, and 5% of them just carried on using it anyway.

Washing machines and tumble dryers are the biggest fire risk of all. They caused 1,083 fires and 80 injuries in 2012.

The most likely place for a an electrical fire to start is in the kitchen, followed by the lounge and then the bedroom.

Dishwashers caused 475 fires and 68 injuries in 2012. The government’s fire statistics show that overwhelmingly these were caused by faulty products rather than misuse, so it’s vitally important not to leave these appliances running while we go out.

Smoke alarms are not present in just under 50% of all attended fires.

We have been extremely pleased with the service provided by MS Electrical. In all our dealings with them they have proven to be efficient, reliable and a pleasure to deal with. We would not hesitate to recommend their services.

Cambridge Property Lettings

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