The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) in Scotland is to tackle electrical fires in homes over Christmas with a £3,000 grant from the Electrical Safety Council (ESC).
RoSPA, the UK’s leading accident prevention charity, is one of the successful applicants for the ESC’s Fire Safety Fund, which aims to support a range of fire prevention initiatives in Scottish communities. Across Central Scotland, RoSPA will be giving out festive tea-towels with important safety messages, along with extension leads, to deter families from overloading sockets with electrical decorations and lights - a common mistake often made at Christmas time.
Home safety officers will also be holding festive safety talks with older people’s groups, giving them simple tips on how to avoid electrical fires and injuries. According to government statistics, each year more than two thirds of accidental fires in Scottish homes - over 3,500 annually - are caused by electricity , and Christmas lights can pose a significant risk if they are faulty or not used properly.
We want everyone to have a safe and happy Christmas.
There are many fire hazards in the home and accidents involving electrical festive items can easily happen.
never overload electrical sockets, making sure fairy lights carry the British Standard BSI Kitemark and unplugging Christmas lights before you go to bed.