ESF launches Fire Safety Fund to help reduce electrical fires in UK homes

Leading UK consumer safety charity, Electrical Safety First, has just opened its Fire Safety Fund – to help reduce electrical fires and accidents in UK homes, which are currently responsible for over half of all domestic fires in the UK.

The Fire Safety Fund is open to community services such as local Fire and Rescue Services, Trading Standards and charities, as well as other organisations promoting an electrical safety message.

“By supporting grass-roots projects, we can provide a direct benefit to communities, through project-based partnerships”, explains Lesley Rudd, Chief Executive of Electrical Safety First (pictured).  “The fund, which has now been running for nine years, has supported a host of different activities. These range from checking electric blankets for the elderly and hosting events targeting hard to reach communities, to raising awareness of electrical safety with schoolchildren in deprived areas.”

Electrical Safety First offers grants of up to £5,000 per organisation but, in exceptional circumstances, awards of up to £20,000 can be considered for collaborative and/or larger projects. Preference will be given to those applications addressing the risks of fires associated with the use of electrical products and appliances. Or those that show a particularly creative approach in raising awareness of these issues. The awards are made biennially and the closing date for this year’s entries is: 3rd April 2020.

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