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SP Energy Networks discovers that almost a quarter of brits have injured themselves doing diy


SP Energy Networks has unveiled new research into the dangers associated with DIY projects. We commissioned the research to launch our summer safety campaign, which encourages people to think about the dangers of electricity when doing DIY this summer.

Our research found that:

  • The majority (63%) of Brits are planning DIY projects this summer.
  • Over a quarter (27%) of people in Britain have admitted they do not always or do not at all consider the dangers of electricity before doing DIY.
  • Almost a quarter (24%) of Brits have sustained an injured during a DIY project.
  • Over 1 in 10 (11%) people in Great Britain have experienced a DIY disaster involving electricity.

As the electricity network owner and maintainer for Central and Southern Scotland, Cheshire, Merseyside, North Shropshire and North Wales, we want people to be aware of hidden electrical hazards around the home and garden. In Great Britain, the most common electrical DIY disasters involve wiring, fuse boxes and machinery and appliances.

Stephen Stewart, Director at SP Energy Networks, said: “At SP Energy Networks we are dedicated to ensuring the safety of our customers. There are many electrical hazards around the home that people may not consider when carrying out DIY.

“SP Energy Networks provides free safety advice for those who are planning to do work near powerlines and underground cables. It is vital that those who are planning to do work around the home and garden know the hazards and what to do in case of an emergency, so we have pulled together top tips that will help to keep you safe.”

  • Before carrying out any DIY in your home or garden, seek free safety advice from SP Energy Networks to assess whether there are any potential electrical risks.
  • Always assume powerlines are live – even if they have fallen to the ground, broken or aren’t sparking.
  • When undertaking work in the garden, be aware of underground cables which may pose an electrical hazard. Wearing rubber boots won’t necessarily protect you, as there may be another path for electricity to reach the ground.
  • Do not attempt to rewire or tamper with the electrical components of household appliances, leave this to an expert.
  • Always ensure that electrical items are turned off at the mains after use.
  • If you experience any kind of incident involving electricity, please call SP Energy Networks on the emergency hotline number 105.


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