Faulty electrical imports are putting people’s safety at risk, an MP has warned.
Carolyn Harris says the problem is being fuelled by the increasing number of imported goods that are being bought on the internet.
Britons are now spending around £90 million a year on fake and substandard products, many of which pose a safety risk, she says.
‘Action is needed’
Ms Harris, who chairs the cross-party Parliamentary Home Electrical Safety Group, is now calling on the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills to take the issue more seriously. Action is urgently needed to keep consumers safe and protect UK businesses.
Speaking during a Westminster debate on the importation of faulty electrical goods, the MP said people who buy such items are in danger of being injured by an electric shock or an electrical fire at their home.
Ms Harris questioned whether current laws are strong enough to prevent substandard mobile phone chargers, hair straighteners and other electrical items being imported through internet shopping sites.
‘Thousands suffering electrical accidents’
Substandard imported hoverboards, for example, had caused a number of house fires over the Christmas period.
Ms Harris went on to point out that the Electrical Safety First charity estimates electricity causes some 70 deaths in the UK every year.
Some 350,000 people a year, meanwhile, experience some sort of electrical accident in their own home. Many of those, Ms Harris went on, are caused by products which are either substandard or counterfeit.
Date Published: April 14, 2016
Author: Jonathan Brown