The charity Electrical Safety First has opened a new fund of £100,000 to support electrical safety initiatives during the cost of living crisis.

Consumer safety organisations (such as Fire & Rescue Services, Trading Standards teams, and charities) can apply for a grant of up to £5,000 to fund a project that will help protect consumers from electrical dangers.

The Electrical Safety Fund aims 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.

Martin Whitfield MSP said: 

“Households across the South of Scotland are struggling with the cost of living crisis and with domestic budgets tighter than ever, safety issues in the home can become problematic to deal with.

“This fund is an opportunity for local consumer safety organisations to support vulnerable households with any electrical safety issues that arise and help keep people as safe as possible in their own homes. I hope some local groups will consider taking advantage of the grants to help fund projects in our area.”

The closing date for applying is midnight on Sunday 23 October.

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