Ovesco was delighted to receive funding to help raise awareness of fire safety in the home as many households take extra measures to stay warm during the colder months.

The grant, awarded by the charity Electrical Safety First will offer free PAT testing on Electric Blankets and replacements for faulty blankets. Alongside that, Ovesco’s community energy champions who deliver free, impartial energy advice are helping to advise local residents on using, and running plug-in heaters safely.

‘This is an excellent additional service we are now able to offer as a result of the grant funding. We know that many households may depend on using plug-in heaters and electric blankets – we want to ensure residents are safe whilst keeping warm this winter.’ (Claire Walker, Programme Manager).

As the cost-of-living crisis deepens in the UK, the Electrical Safety Fund is a major annual grant scheme which helps those most vulnerable to electrical injuries in their homes. Run by the national campaigning charity Electrical Safety First, the fund provides £250,000 to support dozens of local community projects across the UK that aim to reduce domestic electrical risks. 

Around half of all domestic fires in the UK are caused by electricity, with most of those arising from electrical products. 

Samuel Terry, Policy and Research Manager at Electrical Safety First, says: “Electrical safety risks have been exacerbated in recent years by several wider factors, including the cost-of-living crisis, rocketing inflation, and rising energy prices.” 

“We are delighted to be funding projects that seek to keep people safe in their homes, with a focus on tackling risks associated with electrical products, increasing the public’s awareness of electrical safety, and promoting changes in behaviour.” 

For further information about the project, or to speak to an energy champion email energyadvice@ovesco.co.uk or freephone 0800 458 9045