Winter is coming …

Autumn is drawing to a close and winter is creeping up on us, the heating is being turned on, more lights are being used in the darker mornings and earlier evenings and electrical heaters and blankets are being used.

The #NICEIC are launching their #ElderlyCampaign today in aid to urge people to think electrics when they carry out their checks on the elderly this winter.

Did you know that older people suffer more fatal and non-fatal injuries from electrically-related house fires than the rest of the population, this is because they often live in old housing that contains faulty electrics or old appliances.

The research result from the NICEIC showed that ‘up to 50% of people will be making regular calls on a relative or neighbour this winter, less than 20% of those would think to take a quick check of the electrics to make sure everything is ok.

Darren Staniforth from the NICEIC said that “The lack of concern over electrical safety is not one about not caring, but generally a lack of knowledge about what to look out for.”

Read more of their findings here www.niceic.com/media/news/electrics-and-the-elderly

We want to ensure that you know exactly what to look out for when doing a visual check for a loved one or in your own home by adding a simple electric check to your routine, check out the NICEIC video below for a few simple tips and checks that take no time at all. By adding this checks to your routine this will reduce the risk of fire or something that could potentially lead to a problem in the future.

If you find anything during your check that you aren’t sure of or think it needs further investigating please don’t hesitate to contact Tectonic for advice.

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