Electrical Safety Council extends safety charity funds to fire safety projects
Published on 26 August 2010
The Electrical Safety Council (ESC) has just announced the successful projects in its 2010 Fire Safety Fund Awards scheme.
Twenty three organisations throughout the UK will share over £100,000 of funding for specific regional initiatives to reduce the incidence of fires relating to electricity in homes. With around half of all domestic fires in the UK caused by electricity (either electrical faults or misuse of appliances), this is a key issue for the ESC.
Applications were received from a diverse range of organisations, including regional fire and rescue services, trading standards offices, councils and charities. Successful projects include: electric blanket testing and replacement days, training sessions for young carers, awareness raising events and a play touring local schools.
The Risk Factory, a safety organisation based in Edinburgh, looked at figures from the Scottish Community Fire Safety Survey that state 47% of victims of accidental dwelling fires are over the age of 60. Their project, to be run in partnership with Lothian and Borders Fire & Rescue Service, therefore involves the development of a new programme to highlight everyday electrical dangers to the elderly.
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