Chris Elmore MP encourages constituents to shop safely during Electrical Fire Safety Week Wales
Ogmore MP Chris Elmore is encouraging all constituents to consider safety when they are shopping online for their Christmas presents this year.
A YouGov survey conducted for Electrical Safety First found that 57% of people in Wales are planning to do much of their Christmas shopping online this year, with 59% of those planning on buying an electrical product intending to do so online.
However, with online marketplaces not subject to the same regulation as traditional retailers, more consumers are unwittingly purchasing unsafe electrical goods online. In research conducted by Electrical Safety First, 14 out of 15 sampled products from third-party sellers failed basic safety tests.
Chris Elmore MP said:
“The online world is a fantastic resource – we’ve used it to keep in contact with friends and family during this difficult time, and it’s now saving us worries about being out and about during the pandemic and helping with Christmas shopping.
“However, we must be careful when online – there are too many people who will flout the rules believing they are safe from prosecution. Please only buy electrical goods from trusted sellers – many of the high street electrical goods shops are online and follow the same stringent regulations as when they sell in person. The savings made from unchecked third-party sellers are not worth the risk to friends and family.”