Bristol South MP warns constituents about electrical safety in the run-up to Christmas
Karin Smyth, MP for Bristol South, is encouraging all constituents to put safety first when shopping online for their Christmas presents this year.
With online marketplaces not bound by the same laws as traditional retailers, fake and dangerous electrical products are being sold to unknowing customers. Containing sub-standard or counterfeit parts, they present a serious risk of fire or electric shock. In research conducted by Electrical Safety First, 14 out of 15 sampled products from third-party sellers failed basic safety tests.
Electrical Safety First are encouraging consumers to make sure you buy from a recognisable and reputable seller, to check packaging and the item carefully for tell-tale signs that the product is not genuine, and to check for safety certifications on labelling.
Karin Smyth said:
“With Covid restrictions still affecting everyday life, many constituents will be doing their Christmas shopping online this year.
“If you are planning on buying electrical goods please make sure that you buy from a recognisable and reputable seller. Avoid third-party sellers for electrical goods and if you are unsure at all when your product arrives, do not use it.
“I know it’s been a tough year and finances are tight, but it’s not worth risking fire and electrocution to save a few pounds”.