- At least one person in the UK dies each week from an electrical accident and nearly 1,000 are injured every day
- Complacency is leading to basic blunders, including repairing appliances whilst still plugged in
- People don’t know the danger of electricity, citing plane crashes and lightning strikes as similar concerns, despite fatalities due to electricity being drastically higher
- Celebrity home improvement experts Colin McAllister and Justin Ryan urge UK to download ESC’s new smartphone safety app to ‘bridge the gap’ between the public’s perception of electrical danger and the reality
The research from ESC reveals a dangerous level of ignorance about the perils of electricity in UK households. In the past year, almost one million people have repaired an appliance while it is still plugged in; despite the fact this can result in a fatal or serious injury. Other electrical ‘confessions’ included knowingly using faulty plugs or sockets (12.2 million people), ignoring burning smells coming from an appliance or socket (1.5 million people) and trailing cables near hot surfaces or cookers (2 million people).