At the time of writing, work is actively being progressed to deal with the issue and some initial outcomes have been:
Fire services giving advice during home safety visits not to store combustible items near to intake equipment.
Warning labels are being fitted by fire services and the electrical industry to warn of the dangers of combustible materials located in close proximity to electrical intake equipment.
One distribution network operator has taken a decision not to locate electrical intake equipment in the means of escape from a property (under stairs cupboards & other escape routes).
Work is being undertaken to better manage intake equipment.
The design of terminal connectors is being reviewed.
Installation practices and safety checks have been reviewed and amended.
CFOA Electrical Safety Firstand East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service will continue to engage with the electrical industry and look forward to achieving a reduction in the occurrence of these fires and the resulting property damage, injury and death that can occur.
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