Electrical Safety First has revealed its delight that Minister for Consumer Affairs Jo Swinson has announced that an extra £400,000 is being made available to support Trading Standards stop dangerous goods being sold in the UK.
Electrical Safety First director general Phil Buckle commented: “In addition to funding criminal activity and hurting legitimate businesses, buying counterfeit can place our families and our homes in danger.”
He continued: “Unlike fake DVDs or designer handbags, unsafe, substandard electrical products can kill or injure by causing an electric shock or by overheating, starting a fire. Around half of all domestic fires in the UK arise from an electrical source – with electrical products the prime culprit. And our research has found that sales of fake goods on social media have increased by almost 15% in the last year – with seizures of mobile phones rising by over 50%. So we’re delighted that the Government has recognised the importance of product safety and we ask that they continue to work closely with local authorities to tackle the increase in counterfeit goods which threaten the safety of the UK consumer.”