What plans does the Cabinet Secretary have to raise awareness of the dangers to older people of electrical fires in the home this winter?
Older people are generally at greater risk of fire in the home, but they are not at greater risk from electrical fires. They are actually less likely to be injured in a fire originating in the electricity supply than people under 65.
The Fire and Rescue Service already provides comprehensive advice on domestic fire safety, including electrical safety, and carries out around 60,000 home fire safety visits every year. This programme focuses on those, such as older people, who may be at greater risk of fire; and each visit covers all risks that are relevant to the premises and residents concerned.
Last July, I published a detailed report into an increase in electrical distribution fires in Wales: Electrical Fires in Wales: A review of the Evidence. This again found no evidence that older people were at particular risk. Nonetheless, the report made several recommendations which require action from Fire and Rescue Authorities to review and reinvigorate their electrical fire safety messaging. My officials are monitoring their progress against these.