Electrification entails safety risks, for example, related to electrical fires.
The use of electricity is commonplace and, as such, strong safety standards already exist throughout Europe. In this respect, electrification is likely to be safer than many alternatives.
The safety risks of electrification are low, especially when one compares the share of fires resulting from cooking or the use of open flames with those with an electrical source . The occurrence of electrical fires has also fallen in recent years despite a general trend of electrification. This is mostly due to improved fire safety regulations and the identification of common electrical faults. In most cases, electrical fires can be avoided altogether if users following the safety advice provided by the manufacturers and respective authorities . Experience with the causes of electrical fires means that authorities, in many cases, already have measures in place to prevent them. Since the misuse of electrical equipment is often at the root of electrical fires, consumer information campaigns can also play a vital role in preventing accidents.
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