People should be given discounts on their home insurance for keeping their properties electrically safe, one expert has suggested.
Cherry Read, head of communications and campaigns at the Electrical Safety Council, explained that this makes sense as 50 per cent of domestic fires are caused by electricity.
She continued: "We've been working very closely with the government in Scotland to try to encourage a five-year check on electrical safety. I think those kind of things would make a big difference."
Ms Read emphasised that more generally needs to be done to raise awareness of electrical safety, as it is not something that is at the forefront of people's minds.
Many of the mistakes made in the home can be avoided if people keep a better eye on their fuse box and seeing whether it has a residual current device installed, she commented.