Residential electrical installations can be made entirely safe, thereby reducing the risk of electrically induced fires and electrocution to an absolute minimum. Ensuring this level of safety requires best practices in design, installation and inspection. However, the majority of countries around the world are missing the right mix of standards, regulation and education to make this happen. The Electrical Safety Barometer measures the gap between reality and best practices and provides guidance to policy makers on how they can improve the situation in their country. It is an initiative of the Copper Alliance, which has more than twenty years of experience with advocacy of residential electrical safety. The project is supported and endorsed by FISUEL, the World Association for Electrical Safety.
The barometer uses 13 criteria that are essential in achieving residential electrical safety. Each criterion is given a weighting factors that can then be used to calculate an overall score. These criteria represent a chain of practices on a variety of different levels and range from product standards and manufacturer engagement, through inspection practices and the qualification of installers, to an adequate regulatory framework. The final barometer score demonstrates how much a country’s situation is removed from best practices. It also functions as a benchmark for comparing the situation with other countries. With the assistance of local experts, we are applying the barometer in an increasing number of countries. The results are published on this website and are publicly available.