NICEIC and ELECSA are urging householders to think of the electrics when they carry out checks on the elderly this winter. Proportionately, older people suffer more fatal and non-fatal injuries from electrically- related house fires than the rest of the population. People over 65 are particularly at risk because they often live in old or poor-quality housing that contains faulty electrics, or old appliances. Yet research by NICEIC and ELECSA has revealed that although many people will be looking in on an elderly relative or neighbour this winter, the one thing that could be overlooked is a quick check on the state of the electrics. “Some of the results we found were quite startling,” commented

NICEIC and ELECSA’s technical development manager Darren Staniforth, “while up to 50 per cent of people will be making regular calls on a relative or neighbour this winter, less than 20 per cent of those would think to take a quick look at the electrics to make sure everything is ok. “During the colder months, the elderly are more likely to be plugging in electrical appliances such as heaters

or electric blankets, many of which could be old and potentially dangerous. “We want to encourage those looking out for an older relative or neighbour, to check the home and make sure there is nothing that could potentially lead to something awful occurring.” Faulty electrics in the home account for 20,000 house fires each year, causing upwards of 70 fatalities. Most

electrical issues in the home are preventable by ensuring a home is regularly checked by a registered electrician. COULD YOU BE CROWNED 2017’S DRAGON BOAT CHAMPION

The Electrical Industries Charity announced the launch of its 2017 Dragon Boat event, which will see industry teams pit their wits against each other to win the coveted Dragon Boat 2017 trophy. Taking place on Saturday 6

May at Peterborough Rowing Lake, Dragon Boat 2017 promises to be a fun filled event for the whole family with teams of nine to 11 taking to the water, paddling to the beat of the drum. An ancient Chinese tradition, dragon boat racing is one of the fastest growing water activities in Britain – and one of the most fun. So if you think you have what it takes to challenge the dragon, sign up now. There are two options for taking part – if you have

nine to 11 willing volunteers, then you can sign up for a team boat which costs £950 of which £300 is donated

to the Electrical Industries Charity. With gold, silver and sponsorship packages available, including the option to have a dragon boat named after your team or business, up to ten people from your team will paddle the boat, while the drummer beats time and guides you to glory. If you don’t have a team of

nine to 11 people then you can reserve individual places for just £90 each. This is a great opportunity to take part in this fantastic event and the charity will place you into a team on the

day, who knows this may be a winning combination. For further information and to book your place, please contact Charlotte Laurent:

Scolmore’s mobile app has won in the ‘Electrical App of the Year’ category in this year’s Electrical Industry Awards. The free-to- download App is designed to make life easier for electricians .

The Worshipful Company of Lightmongers held its first annual lecture at the London Transport Museum on 26 October. In his address, author, broadcaster, campaigner and environmentalist, Jonathon Porritt, highlighted the important role that lighting professionals, the industry and its products, will play in cutting the world’s emissions and reducing the threat of global warming.

Weidmuller Group completed the acquisition of Bosch Rexroth Monitoring Systems from Bosch Rexroth AG on 1 November 2016. Thanks to this acquisition, Weidmuller has strengthened its activities in the wind power segment and expanded its solution portfolio for condition- monitoring technologies.

Professor Rudi Klein, one of the UK’s foremost construction experts, was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by SELECT, the campaigning trade body for the electrotechnical industry in Scotland



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