Electrical Safety Christmas in Bristol:
Avon Fire and Rescue (AF&RS ) in Bristol, is warning residents in the city about cheap and dangerous electrical products given as gifts this Christmas.
The warning comes on the back of an incident involving a heated pet blanket which had overheated and caught fire in the living room during the night.
Two crews from Kingswood fire station battled flames at the incident on Charnhill Ridge in Mangotsfield in the early hours of the morning.
It was smoke alarms and closed internal doors containing the fire which prevented the spread of the fire allowing residents to escape.
Although the fire was an accident, the fire service is warning people not to buy cheap electrical products which may not be safe.
“Fake or cheap electrical products appear more convincing than ever, but they can contain less than half the internal components required to run safely,” Martyn Bolt the Station Manager for AF&RS said.
“Remember, if a bargain looks too good to be true, the chances are it probably is.
“Buying cheap could end up ruining your Christmas and putting your family or pets in danger. Always think before you buy and stay safe this festive period.”
To avoid fires from ‘dangerous fake’ and ‘substandard’ electrical products, AF&RS recommends the following steps:
Buy electrical products from reputable retailers. This way you can be assured you’re buying the real thing
Check prices and shop around! Check online shops and, if possible, visit the high street. Beware of “too good to be true” prices
Check that voltage is 230-240V, 50Hz, and that products are fitted with a three-pin UK plug or charger
When buying online, look for the padlock symbol at the bottom of the screen when you are filling in your payment details
Beware glowing reviews, especially if the reviewers aren’t verified
Beware of words qualifying an item’s authenticity. If the seller claims the product is ‘genuine’, ‘real’ or ‘authentic’, double-check the source. Most reputable retailers don’t need to sell their products like this
Look for the seller’s contact details – a full address, and not just a PO Box number. Not all websites with a .co.uk address are based in the UK
Read product guarantees, terms and conditions, and returns policies before you buy
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