A very good news story on product safety (plus environment and development) in Africa
September 29, 2014 by Gail Greatorex
An estimated 110 million homes in Africa don’t have access to electricity—a figure that is forecast to grow to 250 million by 2020. These households and towns rely on kerosene lanterns to provide light: an expensive, smelly and deadly energy source.
Not only are the lanterns a fire risk, according to the journal Science, two million people a year die from kerosene fumes that build up in small, airless homes and slums. Children also present to hospitals after drinking the blue fluid, mistaking it for soft drink.
British charity SolarAid is attempting to make a difference by replacing kerosene lanterns across the continent with modern solar powered lighting.
A great example of lateral product safety thinking that's a win:win:win!
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