Monmouth AM Nick Ramsay is backing Electrical Safety First’s Safer Over 65 campaign to encourage constituents to check on the electrical safety of older family members or neighbours.
Endorsing the scheme, Nick said:” Many older people worry about winter heating bills, often using portable heaters and electric blankets to cut costs – but these applications have caused a number of house fires, mainly through misuse.
“With most older people being owner-occupies, they tend to live in homes which haven’t had an electrical safety check for many years.
“Today we are sadly also seeing a significant increase in age-related illnesses such as dementia, making electrical safety even more of an imperative.
“Most electrical fires are caused by simple mistakes that can easily be avoided. Top tips on portable heater safety can be found at www.electricalsafetyfirst.org.uk/olderpeople