Safety charity, the Electrical Safety Council (ESC), has formed a new collaboration with power tool manufacturer Makita UK to raise consumer awareness of the importance of RCD (residual current device) protection.
Supporting the ESC's Plug into Safety campaign , thousands of Makita products will include important safety information about RCD protection on their packaging. There will also be a free giveaway of RCDs for the first thousand customers who register online at www.makitauk.com/plugintosafety.
Lorraine Carney, Head of Campaigns at the ESC, says: Every year in the UK, around 70 people die and 1.2 million are injured by electrical accidents in and around the home. For our Plug into Safety campaign to succeed, we need to establish effective partnerships which allow us to directly engage with consumers. We are very happy to be collaborating with Makita, as it provides us with exactly the opportunity we need to do just that.
As part of the campaign, a new film - Consequences - will also be launched this spring. Among the case studies highlighted, it includes the story of a young mother who died while using an incorrectly wired hedge trimmer without RCD protection. For more information about Consequences please visit www.esc.org.uk/public/.