MP supports campaign urging residents to be safe when buying electrical goods online
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05 Jul 2019
Greenwood has attended an event in Parliament which aims to help spread the
message about being safe when buying electrical goods online.
Wirral West MP met with representatives from Electrical Safety First – a
registered UK charity campaigning on behalf of consumers and
electrical trade professionals to improve safety regulation and ensure safety
messages are appropriate, up to date and well communicated. The charity is
recognised by government and industry as the leading campaigning charity and
technical authority on electrical safety.
to Electrical Safety First, nearly two thirds (64%) of
people who have bought fake electrical products purchased them online, and as
many as one in three UK residents, the equivalent of 18 million people, have
accidentally bought a counterfeit electrical product online. Additionally,
research from the charity found that around half (51%) of 25 to 34 year-olds
have bought a fake electrical item online compared to less than 10% of those
aged over 55.
of the charity’s top tips when buying second hand electrical goods include:
- avoid buying second hand goods
from private sellers as your legal rights are minimal
- check if the seller is an
established and reputable business seller
- check reviews to see if the
seller has a good track record
- check if your item is complete
– i.e. does it come with instructions and all parts?
- Never buy a recalled product
Greenwood MP said:
was really pleased to be able to attend this important event in Parliament
raising awareness about being safe when purchasing electrical goods online.
was surprised and very concerned to hear that as
many as one in three UK residents have accidentally bought a counterfeit
electrical product online.
is vitally important that people take steps to make sure that whoever they are
buying from is reputable. It’s important too that vulnerable people are
supported when buying electrical goods.
Wirral West residents who would like advice on electrical safety, or anyone who
would like to know more about the work of Electrical Safety First can visit www.electricalsafetyfirst.org.uk or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.”
Jervis-Gibbons, Public Affairs Manager at Electrical Safety First, said:
was great to welcome Margaret Greenwood MP to our parliamentary drop in event
on the potential dangers of second-hand goods.
would always recommend that consumers ask for proof that second-hand electrical
items have been thoroughly checked and certified for use by a qualified
electrician before purchasing. But whenever possible, we always recommend
buying an electrical product from a reputable business trader.”