Trading Standards Officers in Derby are supporting the work of Electrical Safety First (campaigning name of the Electrical Safety Council) and encouraging consumers to check out their online advice about keeping safe this Christmas.

This follows recent reports by Chartered Trading Standards Institute who found that a whopping 99% of fake Apple chargers purchased online, failed a basic safety test.
As part of the project, 400 fake chargers were purchased and tested. Almost all of them posed a risk of electrocution due to lack of sufficient insulation.  Only 3 were deemed safe.

We all like to shop around for a good deal but when purchasing chargers make sure they are marked with the following:

• the CE mark that indicates the charger complies with the proper safety standards.
• the name and address or trademark of the UK manufacturer or importer.
• a model number
• the packaging should also be marked with the name and address of a UK supplier.

Look for spelling mistakes in brand names and errors in other product markings.

Good advice when shopping is to trust your instinct.  Stick to trusted suppliers. If you have any concerns, compare the product with one from a reputable dealer and report it

To report any issues with a counterfeit item contact the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 040506.

Want to avoid a lethal shock in your home? Visit the Electrical Safety First website for advice and tips.

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