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SAFETY chiefs are warning Tynesiders to be more careful at house parties after a hike in electrical accidents in the North East.

One third of people living in the region are attending garden parties or outdoor celebrations with friends and family thiss summer.

But research carried out by the Electrical Safety Council (ESC See escape character and escape key. See also ESC/P.

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) claims many party-goers could be at risk of a serious accident from hosts not following simple safety measures safety measures, actions (e.g., use of glasses, face masks) taken to protect patients and office personnel from such known hazards as particles and aerosols from high-speed rotary instruments, mercury vapor, radiation exposure, anesthetic and

Angela Murphy, of the ESC, said: "It's great that people in the North East are being imaginative with their garden parties but electrical safety is still not the priority it needs to be. Using a residual current device A circuit breaker that trips when there is a difference between the amount of current in the hot side and the neutral side. Also called a "ground fault circuit interrupter" (GFCI) and an "appliance leakage current interrupter" (ALCI), the current imbalance implies a leakage to ground or  is a simple safety measure but it's vital, especially when outdoors, where there is increased risk."
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Aug 26, 2011
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