MP supports campaign urging residents to be safe when buying electrical goods online

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05 Jul 2019
Margaret Greenwood has attended an event in Parliament which aims to help spread the message about being safe when buying electrical goods online.

The 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.

According 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.

Some 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

Margaret Greenwood MP said:

“I was really pleased to be able to attend this important event in Parliament raising awareness about being safe when purchasing electrical goods online.

“I was surprised and very concerned to hear that as many as one in three UK residents have accidentally bought a counterfeit electrical product online.

“It 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.

“Any 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 enquiries@electricalsafetyfirst.org.uk for more information.”

Robert Jervis-Gibbons, Public Affairs Manager at Electrical Safety First, said:

“It was great to welcome Margaret Greenwood MP to our parliamentary drop in event on the potential dangers of second-hand goods.

“We 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.”

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