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Electrical safety ignorance 'puts millions at risk'

  • 11-16-2011

Millions of people in the UK risk death or injury because of their ignorance about household electricity, the Electrical Safety Council has said.

A survey of more than 2,000 people for the charity highlighted common risks.

It suggested people used faulty plugs or sockets and tried to mend devices which were still plugged in.

Each week on average, at least one person dies from household electrical accidents, and annually 350,000 people are injured, the ESC said.

The warning comes as the ESC launches a free smartphone app to raise awareness.

"Even though we are using more electrical products than ever before, there is a worrying gap between the public's perception of electrical danger and the reality, with people making simple yet potentially fatal errors that can be easily prevented," said ESC director general Phil Buckle.

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