This increase can be partly attributed to an increase in the number of fake and substandard chargers available on the market. 1.8 million chargers are bought online each year in the UK by mobile phone owners in search of a bargain. But these chargers are often made with poor quality components that fail to meet UK safety regulations.
Electrical Safety First and South Wales Fire and Rescue Service have produced some simple tips to reduce the risks of electrical fires in the home to help householders keep themselves and their loved ones safe.
Electrical safety advice
Electrical appliances play a big role in our life - from fridges and phones to toasters or the TV, it's hard to think of how we would get by without a few electrically-powered essentials.
Electrical Safety tips
Portable heater safety
There are potentially millions of recalled electrical items still in UK homes. Remember only 10-20% on recall lists are returned. The unreturned items offer a risk of electric shock or electrical fire and present a serious risk.
Register Your appliance
Unless products are registered, it is very difficult to track them down.
The ‘Register My Appliance’ website makes it easy for you to register all of your electrical products. You will need the brand name, model, serial number and purchase date and the registration process is very simple to follow. The manufacturer will only contact you in the event of a recall, your details will not be used for marketing.
Go to www.registermyappliance.org.uk for more information and to register your electrical products.
Electrical Safety First For more information on product recalls and electrical safety visit the Electrical Safety First website www.electricalsafetyfirst.org.uk Electrical Safety First is an independent charity committed to reducing deaths and injuries caused by electrical accidents at home and also in the workplace.
i 12% of Welsh adults said that they had seen counterfeit electrical products for sale near them or online (YouGov)ii 3.86% of Welsh adults have, either knowingly or by accident, bought a counterfeit electrical product in the last 12 months, based on population of over 18s in Wales of 2,471,198 = 95,388iii 12.06% of total population of over 18s in Wales (2,471,198) = 298,026iv 60% of adults in Great Britain (Ipsos Mori)v 35% of adults who had knowingly or by accident bought counterfeit electrical products in the last 12 months (Ipsos Mori)
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