Electrical Safety First

Electrical Safety First
Formation 1956
Legal status Non-profit
Purpose Promoting best practice, research, media campaigns, literature, advice
Headquarters London, United Kingdom
Region served
Director General
Phil Buckle
Website www.electricalsafetyfirst.org.uk

Electrical Safety First (formerly the Electrical Safety Council, or ESC) is a registered UK charity working with all sectors of the electrical industry as well as local and central government to reduce deaths and injuries caused by electrical accidents.

Research shows that every year 2.5 million adults get an electric shock in their homes or garden, any of which could have caused injury or death.[1] In 2007, according to government statistics,[2] there were 19 deaths and 2,788 injuries caused by electric shocks. In addition, electricity is now the major cause of accidental domestic fires in UK homes with over 21,000 in 2007. In that same year there were 49 deaths and 3,477 injuries. The charity, through its activities and partnerships, aims to ensure that consumers’ needs are recognised and that issues of electrical safety are given the appropriate priority.


Electrical Safety First was established as the National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting (NICEIC) in 1956. The National Inspection Council was in turn created from the National Register of Electrical Contractors, established in 1923, an organisation set up to provide protection for consumers against unsafe electrical wiring and equipment. Significant events in their history:


Electrical Safety First promotes electrical safety and changes in attitude and behaviour by raising consumer and industry awareness of the issues and risks through:


Every year Electrical Safety First awards funding to a range of organisations, from both the Electrical Fire Safety Fund and the Home Improvement Grant Scheme. The Electrical Fire Safety Fund aims to support the delivery of project-based fire prevention initiatives at local community level that aim to effectively tackle the causes of electrical-related fires, and those that seek to increase public awareness. During this process Electrical Safety First works closely with the Fire Service, CFOA[7] and Local Authorities around the UK.

Joint venture

In November 2012 Electrical Safety First joined up with the Electrical Contractors' Association (ECA) to launch the Electrical Safety Register - a joint venture between the two organisations. The register features both domestic and commercial contractors, and brings together the NICEIC, ELECSA and ECA certification schemes.


In late 2013 the Electrical Safety Council announced that it is undergoing a rebranding, and that as of March 28 2014 it would become Electrical Safety First. [8] The rebrand was launched alongside a YouTube video which brought popular 70s/ 80s animation Charley Says back to life, with the help of David Walliams who provided the voiceovers.

See also

Video clips


Alarming rise in appliance-related fires in the home

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