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One Million People Over 75 Living in Non-Decent Homes

January 28, 2015

toasterA report by charity Electrical Safety First claims that there are one million people in the UK living in non-decent homes.

Launched at the House of Lords, the research revealed that two thirds of households with a couple over 60 do not meet basic electrical safety standards. The main author of the document, Baroness Greengross, Chief Executive of the International Longevity Centre, is concerned that with an ageing population and the effects of dementia urgent action is required. “As our population ages we are witnessing more older people living independently at home. It is therefore vital that every effort should be made to make the home environment as safe as possible,” she said. “Our inquiry found, however, that too many older people live in poor housing conditions, potentially putting them at risk of electrical harm. At the same time, growing numbers of people with dementia need to be confident in their homes, which should be as hazard-free as possible.”

More than 350,000 people are seriously injured by accidents involving electricity every year, with older adults much more likely to be affected. The charity is calling on the government to target more at-risk homes with free electrical checks and to do more to ensure that tenants can report electrical hazards to landlords without fear of eviction.

You can view a copy of ‘A Shock to the System – Electrical Safety in an Ageing Society’ here.