National Assembly for Wales

WAQ77249 (e) Tabled on 10/10/2018

What preparations are being made for winter 2018/19 to ensure that older people are safe in their homes and to prevent accidents involving fire and electricity?

Answered by Cabinet Secretary for Local Government and Public Services Answered on 23/10/2018

Older people are generally at greater risk of fire in the home, but they are not at greater risk from electrical fires.  They are 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. 

 

The Welsh Government provide funding to Care and Repair Agencies across Wales, following a referral and an initial casework assessment.  A property inspection is undertaken by a Care and Repair Technical Officer. This helps complete the picture of works needed and any hazards within the home including electrical and fire risks.

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