Electrical Safety First responds to BEIS report on product safety and electrical goods


he recent Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) report into product safety and electrical

goods, has been welcomed by Martyn Allen, Technical Director of Electrical Safety First. Allen said: “We welcome the BEIS Committee report and

support their call for Government and industry action to address the on-going risk from faulty electrical goods. “We have repeatedly lobbied for improvements to the UK

product safety system, which is not fit for purpose – as illustrated by the number of fires caused by faulty appliances. In 2016/17 alone, they instigated 4,120 house fires, resulting in 423 deaths and injuries.

“Since 2007, there have been 516 recall notices issued for

electrical products in the UK. Given the low success rate of product recalls, with only 10-20% of faulty goods returned or repaired, there are potentially millions of dangerous electrical goods still in people’s homes. “The flaws in the UK’s inadequate and poorly resourced

product safety regime have been highlighted by a series of issues – from recalls of tumble-dryers to a number of tragic fires, such as Grenfell, Shepherds Bush Green and Lakenal House. “So we fully support the BEIS report’s call for Government to establish a single national product safety agency. This is something we have lobbied long and hard for – and was recommended in an independent review of product safety, led by Lynn Faulds Wood nearly two years ago. “We also support the report’s recommendation for manufacturers of plastic-backed fridge freezers to use safer materials – they can pose a significant fire risk and can cause large, rapidly developing fires. Fridge freezers with non-combustible backs provide better containment of fire, whether it arises within the product or something else igniting it.”

Left to right: MACC Paramedic Stuart Jones, Technical Services Engineer Jemma Booker, Marketing Manager Sophie Forrester, Outbound Sales Advisor Annie Pearce, HR Assistant Adrian Stokes, Test House Engineer, Pilot and MACC Paramedic.


olverhampton-based ERA, the home security expert,

is supporting the local Midlands Air Ambulance throughout 2018, as its chosen charity. Money will be raised throughout

the year via a programme of activities, run by ERA’s workforce, kicking off with a Valentine’s raffle, with many more exciting events, during the year to follow. Jon Cottrell, corporate

partnerships coordinator for Midlands Air Ambulance Charity said: “We are responsible for funding and operating three air ambulances across six Midlands counties, namely Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Worcestershire and the West Midlands. With over 2,000 missions per year, we are one of the busiest air ambulances in the UK.

“With each air ambulance mission costing £2,500 on average, and requiring a pilot, two paramedics or flight doctors as well as full life support medical equipment, we are extremely grateful for the generous support that we receive from organisations such as ERA, which is essential to our lifesaving operation.” Darren Waters, CEO at ERA said:

“We are proud to support the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity which was voted for by our employees and look forward to helping them to continue to provide this essential, life-saving service. They receive no National Lottery or government funding so all the work they do is funded by corporate and public donations, so anything we can do to help means they can continue to save lives.”

Industry legend Tony Cable and celebrity sparky Billy Byrne join Scolmore at ELEX


lthough officially retired from his full time role with the NICEIC, industry

legend, Tony Cable, has not disappeared from the electrical industry scene, and Scolmore is enjoying having him on board in a consultancy role. Tony joined forces with the nation’s favourite

sparky, Billy Byrne (the resident electrician on TV’s DIY SOS), on the Scolmore stands at the first ELEX show of 2018 which took place at Alexandra Palace on 31st January and 1st February. With a career spanning 60 years, Tony has a

wealth of experience and knowledge during his rise from apprentice at the age of 15 and

Tony Cable and Billy Byrne shared their wealth of industry knowledge and a few anecdotes on the Scolmore stands at ELEX.

Scolmore is very excited to have the opportunity to harness his expertise and skills as the company continues to develop its product ranges.

Having first trained as an electrician in the

’60s, Billy is passionate about the industry and is particularly keen to encourage and support the development of apprentices through the whole process. He proved a hit with the candidates when he came along to show his support at last year’s Electrical Apprentice of the Year competition finals at Scolmore’s head office in Tamworth, Staffs. Tony and Billy joined the Scolmore team on their stands at ELEX to share anecdotes and their vast knowledge of the trade to the hundreds of electricians visiting the show.

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Air ambulance lifts off with help from security expert

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