Electrical safety https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/ en Hey Alexa, Find me Electrical Safety Product Recalls https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/news/hey-alexa-electrical-safety-product-recalls <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Hey Alexa, Find me Electrical Safety Product Recalls</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/user/1" lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">gazza</a></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 29/01/2020</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-mt-subheader-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Leading consumer protection charity, Electrical Safety First, has launched a new Alexa app, to help slash the number of electrical fires in UK homes.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="images-container clearfix"> <div class="image-preview clearfix"> <div class="image-wrapper clearfix"> <div class="field__item"> <a class="image-popup overlayed" href="https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/sites/default/files/amazon_alexa_electrical_safety_first.png"><img src="https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/sites/default/files/fancyload/large/amazon_alexa_electrical_safety_first.png" width="750" height="499" alt="Amazon Alexa Electrical Safety First" title="Amazon Alexa Electrical Safety First" class="fancyload" data-src="https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/amazon_alexa_electrical_safety_first.png?itok=t63J_dW5" style="background-color:#BBACA2;" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <noscript> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/amazon_alexa_electrical_safety_first.png?itok=t63J_dW5" width="750" height="499" alt="Amazon Alexa Electrical Safety First" title="Amazon Alexa Electrical Safety First" /> </noscript> <span class="overlay"><i class="fa fa-plus"></i></span></a> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Using voice technology to easily access information on product recalls, consumers can effortlessly discover if they have a recalled electrical item - simply by giving Alexa the item’s brand name.</p> <p>Currently, product recalls achieve a success rate of just 10-20%, leaving a host of potentially unsafe electricals items still in use and presenting a significant risk of fire. In fact, research by the Charity indicates almost 270 million unregistered electrical products are still in UK homes[1]. As only those consumers who register an item can be easily contacted in the case of a product recall, this means that there is a significant proportion of the population who won’t know if one of their appliances is a safety risk. Electrical Safety First’s new Alexa app aims to boost those recall rates, preventing electrical fires caused by faulty devices.</p> <p>“Electricity is responsible for over half of all UK domestic fires”, explains Emma Drackford, Director of Communications for Electrical Safety First. “In 2017, almost 5,000 fires[2] were caused by faulty electrical appliances and leads, including recalled items - the equivalent of 13 fires per day across the UK[3].</p> <p>“We are committed to using every advantage provided by new technology to reduce this risk. We hope that by launching the Alexa app, people will use it to make ad-hoc checks while doing chores around the house, without having to open a website. It’s all about removing barriers and giving our audience the tools they need to use their electrical products more safely.”</p> <p>Electrical Safety First worked with Manchester-based, digital agency Absurd, to develop and build the app.</p> <p> [1] Consumer research commissioned by Electrical Safety First and conducted by Censuswide surveying 5,000 people in the UK nationally representative of the population, found that respondents had an average of 9.86 unregistered electrical products in their home out of an average of 15.04 in total. This figure multiplied by the number of households in the UK according to ONS (27.2 million as of 2017) results in 267,648,000.</p> <p>[2] 4,732 accidental domestic fires caused by faulty appliances and leads where the source of ignition was electric.<br /> England: Figures from financial year 2016/17. Accessible at: <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/fire-statistics-data-tables#incident-level-datasets">https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/fire-statistics-dat…</a>. Wales: StatsWales statistics on incidents attended by Fire and Rescue Services. Figures from financial year 2016/17. Accessible at:<a href="https://statswales.gov.wales/Catalogue/Community-Safety-and-Social-Inclusion/Community-Safety/Fire-Incidents/Fires-and-False-Alarms/accidentalprimaryfires-by-cause-sourceignition">https://statswales.gov.wales/Catalogue/Community-Safety-and-Social-Incl…</a> Scotland: Freedom of Information request sent to the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, June 2016.</p> <p>[3] 4,732 fires is the equivalent of 12.96 fires per day</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix"> <h3 class="field__label">Tags</h3> <ul class='links field__items'> <li><a href="/news-category/alexa-electrical-safety" hreflang="en">Alexa electrical safety</a></li> <li><a href="/news-category/alexa-electrical-app" hreflang="en">Alexa electrical app</a></li> <li><a href="/news-category/alexa-electrical-safety-first" hreflang="en">Alexa Electrical Safety First</a></li> </ul> </div><section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> <div class="field field--name-field-mt-post-categories field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix"> <ul class='links field__items'> <li><a href="/news-category/electrical-safety" hreflang="en">Electrical safety</a></li> </ul> </div> Wed, 29 Jan 2020 14:31:31 +0000 gazza 8548 at https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk Electrical Safety Week 18th to 25th November 2019 https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/news/electrical-safety-week-18th-25th-november-2019 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Electrical Safety Week 18th to 25th November 2019</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/user/1" lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">gazza</a></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 19/11/2019</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-mt-subheader-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Each year, #ElectricalSafety First works with the Home Office to promote electrical fire safety in the home. Electrical Fire Safety Week runs from 18th to 25th November this year.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="images-container clearfix"> <div class="image-preview clearfix"> <div class="image-wrapper clearfix"> <div class="field__item"> <a class="image-popup overlayed" href="https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/sites/default/files/Electrical-safety-week.jpg"><img src="https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/sites/default/files/fancyload/large/Electrical-safety-week.png" width="750" height="499" alt="Electrical Safety Week 2019 18th to 25th November" title="Electrical Safety Week 2019 18th to 25th November" class="fancyload" data-src="https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/Electrical-safety-week.jpg?itok=SYqEDJtj" style="background-color:#95624C;" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <noscript> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/Electrical-safety-week.jpg?itok=SYqEDJtj" width="750" height="499" alt="Electrical Safety Week 2019 18th to 25th November" title="Electrical Safety Week 2019 18th to 25th November" /> </noscript> <span class="overlay"><i class="fa fa-plus"></i></span></a> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Over half of all accidental house fires are caused by electricity. And nine out of ten electrical fires are caused by electrical products.</p> <p>During Electrical Fire Safety Week, Electrical Safety First work closely with Fire &amp; Rescue Services across the UK to raise awareness of electrical fire risks and the simple steps that people can take to avoid a devastating fire in their homes.</p> <p>Electrical Safety First campaigns offer general safety messages as well as focusing on areas in the home and specific types of product that offer a particular risk.</p> <p>You can follow the campaign on Twitter using the hashtag <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23efsw&amp;src=trend_click">#EFSW</a> or on Facebook: <a href="https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/efsw">#EFSW</a></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix"> <h3 class="field__label">Tags</h3> <ul class='links field__items'> <li><a href="/news-category/electrical-safety-week" hreflang="en">electrical safety week</a></li> <li><a href="/news-category/electrical-safety-week-2019" hreflang="en">electrical safety week 2019</a></li> <li><a href="/news-category/electrical-safety-first" hreflang="en">Electrical Safety First</a></li> </ul> </div><section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> <div class="field field--name-field-mt-post-categories field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix"> <ul class='links field__items'> <li><a href="/news-category/electrical-safety" hreflang="en">Electrical safety</a></li> </ul> </div> Tue, 19 Nov 2019 10:24:13 +0000 gazza 8538 at https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk Product Safety Conference 2019 https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/news/product-safety-conference-2019 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Product Safety Conference 2019</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/user/1" lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">gazza</a></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 31/10/2019</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-mt-subheader-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Get ready for Electrical Safety First’s 11<sup>th</sup> annual product safety conference, one of the major events in the industry calendar. This year’s theme is Think Like a Consumer – Behaviour-led insights for Safer Products, which will be held at Church House, Westminster, on Thursday 28th November.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="images-container clearfix"> <div class="image-preview clearfix"> <div class="image-wrapper clearfix"> <div class="field__item"> <a class="image-popup overlayed" href="https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/sites/default/files/Electrical%20Safety%20First%E2%80%99s%2011th%20annual%20product%20safety%20conference.jpg"><img src="https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/sites/default/files/fancyload/large/Electrical20Safety20FirstE28099s2011th20annual20product20safety20conference.png" width="750" height="499" alt="Electrical Safety First’s 11th annual product safety conference" title="Electrical Safety First’s 11th annual product safety conference" class="fancyload" data-src="https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/Electrical%20Safety%20First%E2%80%99s%2011th%20annual%20product%20safety%20conference.jpg?itok=nk26LC9M" style="background-color:#3D2C2B;" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <noscript> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/Electrical%20Safety%20First%E2%80%99s%2011th%20annual%20product%20safety%20conference.jpg?itok=nk26LC9M" width="750" height="499" alt="Electrical Safety First’s 11th annual product safety conference" title="Electrical Safety First’s 11th annual product safety conference" /> </noscript> <span class="overlay"><i class="fa fa-plus"></i></span></a> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The event attracts an extensive range of delegates from throughout the supply chain, in addition to key stakeholders and related organisations. These include representatives from government departments, manufacturers, retailers and importers, to lawyers, test houses and fire and rescue services - as well as Trading Standards and safety professionals.</p> <p>It’s this broad-church approach which is part of event’s appeal - and the fact it brings to the forefront key and emerging issues impacting on the electrical retail industry and consumer safety. So, while the focus of this conference will be on the relationship between consumer behaviour and product safety, it will also be discussing the impact of Brexit and the mainstreaming of the smart home.</p> <p>The keynote speech will be provided by the Minister for Consumer Affairs and Small Business, Kelly Tolhurst MP, with expert panels and speakers including Wendy Middleton, Behavioural Insights Lead for the Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS), along with representatives from Dyson, John Lewis, Dixons Carphone and Cooley LLP.  The event will also play host to Electrical Safety First’s Safety Innovation Awards, developed by the Charity to acknowledge companies – or individuals – who put safety at the heart of product design, or go the extra mile in safety advocacy.</p> <p>At the conclusion of the conference, delegates are invited to attend a drinks reception, hosted by the charity, where continuing debate and more informal opportunities for networking will be available. “This conference will investigate how understanding human behaviour can help improve the product design process, particularly in relation to safety and potential misuse - and help in improving reaction to product registration and recall response”, explains Martyn Allen, Technical Director at Electrical Safety First.</p> <p>“Today, we are in a period of intense change – technologically, politically and legislatively. Using behavioural insights to help create safer products, and encourage behaviour that reduces risk, is key to sustainable business and improved consumer protection”.</p> <p>JOIN over 200 leading industry professionals from global retail brands, design, manufacture, import and distribution of electrical goods, lawyers, testing houses, safety experts and government bodies</p> <p>LEARN from expert speakers looking at the latest advances and solutions in connected tech to behavioural insight and its impact on safety</p> <p>SHARE ideas, findings, innovations and knowledge during lectures, panel discussions and breakout sessions</p> <p>Book your place <a href="https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/electrical-product-safety-conference-2019-tickets-68770543547" rel="nofollow">HERE</a></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix"> <h3 class="field__label">Tags</h3> <ul class='links field__items'> <li><a href="/news-category/electrical-safety-conference" hreflang="en">Electrical safety conference </a></li> <li><a href="/news-category/electrical-safety" hreflang="en">Electrical safety</a></li> </ul> </div><section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> <div class="field field--name-field-mt-post-categories field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix"> <ul class='links field__items'> <li><a href="/news-category/electrical-safety-first" hreflang="en">Electrical Safety First</a></li> </ul> </div> Thu, 31 Oct 2019 09:53:57 +0000 gazza 8535 at https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk