Protecting Vulnerable People

The need to better protect vulnerable people

The most vulnerable people in society are often in the poorest quality and oldest housing.  As such, they are at greater risk of fire or injury from electrical hazards including faulty wiring and unsafe appliances.

As a result of illnesses including dementia meaning they are no longer able to live independently and safely by themselves, older people are disproportionately affected by fires in the home. In 2017-18, over 40 per cent of accidental fires in the home in England affected people aged 65 over.[1]

In order to address this disparity, we would like to see the UK Government and other key stakeholders implement a strategy targeting the most vulnerable to raise awareness around the dangers of domestic electrical fires and the steps people can take to try and prevent them.

Our Proposals 

  • Fire and Rescue Services to carry out Home Safety Visits with the most vulnerable to identify problems and then help to address them.
  • The option of a free five-yearly electrical safety check should be made available to all owner-occupied households with one person aged over 75.
  • Care and Repair Agencies should be given financial support so that they can better help and protect those most at risk from electrical fire.

Download our Report

A Shock to the System: Electrical Safety in an Ageing Society
Our report investigates the ways in which older people are disproportionately at risk from electrical hazards.