Electrical safety is a huge part of keeping your property, and its inhabitants safe. Whether it’s a residential home or an apartment block, electrical safety precautions need to be followed. But, dont just take our word for it, here at Walker Electrical we have put together these electrical safety statistics.
Fatalities and Injuries
There were 1380 fatalities and injuries cause by electrical fires between 2015 and 2016. This means that on average there were 27 a week, or 4 every single day.
As a Landlord responsible for a residential property or multiple occupancy homes, it is your direct responsibility to prevent any electrical safety issues, otherwise you can be held legally accountable. Working with a professional electrical company can help you make sure you keep your property and tenants safe.
Between 2015 and 2016 15,432 fires were caused directly by electricity. The total number of fires in this time frame was 28,350. This means that 54.4% of all fires in the UK were the direct result of electricity.
Out of these fires, misuse of the equipment was the primary cause of the fire, with appliances themselves causing more than 80% of the fires.
In residential settings, fires can easily become fatal. This will rest on your shoulders as the landlord. As a result, you need to make sure that all appliances are maintained and installed correctly.
Some of the key appliances responsible for electrical fatalities, injuries or fires include:
- Ovens and cooking appliances with 8759 fires between 2015 and 2016.
- Fridges and freezers with 1598 fires between 2010 and 2016.