Government figures estimate that each year there are around:
- 10 fatal and 2,000 non-fatal electric shock accidents in the home
- 19 fatal and 880 non-fatal shock accidents in the workplace
Cables, switches, socket-outlets and other equipment deteriorate with prolonged use, so they all need to be checked and necessary replacements or repairs made in good time.
Whilst it is relatively easy to make an electrical circuit work – it is far more tricky to make the circuit work safely. To avoid the dangers that electricity can create it is essential that electrical work is carried out only by those with the correct knowledge, skill and experience in the type of electrical work to be undertaken.
The Electrical Safety Council published the results of their National Consumer Survey and found that:
•42% of those surveyed stated they had never had their electrics checked
•32% of DIYers stated they had experienced one or more electric shocks while carrying out DIY
•59% of people do not use qualified electricians when carrying out electrical work
•48% of those surveyed did not know that their electrics should be checked at least every 10 years