The Trading Standards Service continues to deliver on the electrical safety project to both elderly residents and their carers. This project is delivered in partnership with Your Homes Newcastle (YHN) and the Home group, along with Age (UK) Newcastle in an effort to gain maximum coverage within the city. A series of safety talks have been held within sheltered housing premises where the main aim has been to highlight electrical products and practices that may cause fires, hopefully to keep to a minimum the number of electrical fires throughout the city.
The safety talks are also being offered to employees of the housing groups and carers hoping that a safety legacy can be developed. Residents will be offered a home safety check where electrical appliances can be tested and possible hazards can be highlighted and hopefully rectified.
At the launch of the scheme which took place on Monday the 16 September 2013 at Allendale House, Allendale Road, Byker, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE6 2SU, Councillor Veronica Dunn the then Cabinet Member for Adult Services said:
"As Autumn and Winter draw in we all use more electrical appliances to stay warm and light our homes. If electric blankets are not checked, or misused in some way, they can become a fire hazard so we want to warn older people and their carers of what they can do to stay safe as well as warm. There's lots more advice on offer about a range of electrical appliances so I fully back this initiative and urge anyone who has any doubts about their continued use to contact Trading Standards who will be happy to advise."
For any information contact the Trading Standards Service, Public Safety, Regulation and Development, City of Newcastle upon Tyne, Civic Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8QH.
Phone: 0191 2116121