Domestic Appliances: Fire Prevention

Home Office written question – answered on 4th July 2019.

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Photo of Derek Thomas Derek Thomas Conservative, St Ives

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps his Department is taking to help reduce the number of electrical fires in the home.

Photo of Nick Hurd Nick Hurd The Minister of State, Home Department, Minister of State (London)

Home Office officials routinely discuss electrical safety issues with the NFCC to ensure opportunities to drive down electrical fires and promote electrical safety are utilised.

The Department has facilitated close links between the National Fire Chiefs Council, product safety officials at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and the sector-led Register My Appliance initiative to promote electrical fire safety messages and encourages fire and rescue services to increase the focus on electrical and product safety within their engagement with members of the public.

The Home Office’s national Fire Kills campaign, run in partnership with the NFCC, collaborates with Electrical Safety First to run the annual Electrical Fire Safety Week. The Week is used by fire and rescue services and others to promote electrical fire safety messages.

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