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£60k grant funds electrical safety for the elderly

Electrical Safety First has provided £60,000 through its grant scheme to Care and Repair organisations throughout the UK.

In addition to providing funding for essential minor electrical work that supports safety and wellbeing, the funding is also designed to help in emergency situations such as undertaking repairs that might aid a return home from or prevent prolonged admission to a hospital.

The type of work can range from repairing lighting to checking the safety of electrical appliances, and it is always undertaken by a registered competent person.

Electrical Safety First’s A Shock to the System: Electrical Safety in an Ageing Society found that older adults were often disproportionately at risk from electrical hazards, explained director general Phil Buckle: “In households of couples over 60, almost two-thirds live in accommodation that fails basic electrical safety standards - including missing such life-saving items as a modern fusebox, residual current device, circuit breakers and PVC wiring.

“Care and Repair agencies address the concern that some older homeowners decide to enter residential or sheltered accommodation because their homes are in such a poor state of repair. Ensuring electrical safety in the home is essential to helping older people live independently and with dignity in their own homes for as long as they wish.”

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