Ogmore MP Chris Elmore has thrown his weight behind Electrical Safety First’s “No Second Chances” campaign, which seeks to raise awareness of the dangers of buying faulty second-hand goods.
Electricity causes over half of the fires in UK homes and, between 2015-2016, they were responsible for 1,380 deaths and injuries - an average of 27 each week, or 4 a day.
Chris Elmore MP said:
“Government figures show that five fires a day in the UK are caused by white goods alone. This includes products like washing machines and fridge-freezers – essential appliances which many of us have in our homes.
“While the damage to property runs into millions of pounds, you can’t put a price on the personal cost. People need to be aware of the risk they are taking when they are buying second-hand electricals.”
The rapid rise of online shopping is helping to fuel the market in second-hand goods, yet there is little real protection for the consumer when buying from a private seller. And previous research by Electrical Safety First makes clear that many people think they are buying from online platforms – i.e. a recognised business - rather than an individual seller. Worryingly, given the low success rate of product recalls (estimated to be only 10-20% effective), it is likely that a large number of recalled products are being bought and sold in the second- hand goods market.
Robert Jervis-Gibbons, Public Affairs Manager for the Charity, said:
"We would always recommend that consumers ask for proof that second-hand electrical items have been thoroughly checked and certified for use by a qualified electrician before purchasing. But whenever possible, we always recommend buying an electrical product from a reputable business trader. "