Published on March 26th, 2018 | by The GC Team0
Cable-related fires “significantly down” says ACI
The Approved Cables Initiative (ACI), which was set up in 2010 to highlight the growing issue of substandard cable in the UK, believes there has been a 15% fall in incidents of accidental electrical fires attributed to wiring, cables or plugs, since it launched its Initiative.
According to the latest Government Fire Statistics collated by the Home Office from detailed information on incidents attended by Fire and Rescue Services, there have been 962 fewer fires, “a significant reduction over the past seven years” says the ACI.
However, the organisation goes on to say: “Despite the reduction in overall incidents, the ACI remains concerned by the latest statistics. Of the 29,312 accidental electrical fires in England, 5,241 (18%) were attributed to wiring, cabling or plugs, and of these 2,693 (51%) were down to faulty electrical supplies and 1,728 (33%) were caused by faulty appliances and leads.”
The ACI lobbies for tougher legislation to eliminate substandard cable as well as “educating, monitoring, reporting and exposing those who cheat and ignore standards.”
Llyr Roberts, Director of the ACI, comments: “These latest Government statistics demonstrate a fall in the number of fires caused by wiring, cables or plugs, which is encouraging and an indication that the work we are doing is delivering some success. It is, however, concerning that nearly a fifth of all accidental electrical fires in England are still caused by wiring, cabling or plugs.
“At the ACI we see a steady stream of substandard cable product. We lobby and campaign for effective legislation to be introduced to address the serious issue of substandard electric cable entering the UK market, but our call is still being ignored. Voluntary co-operation is not enough. All electric cables should be independently third-party approved before being placed on the market, sold and installed in the UK. It is only by adopting such an approach that these figures could be reduced even further.”
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