How can I tell which brands' electrical plugs and portable RCDs are safe and reliable? Is there a kitemark or British Standard, for example?

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Plugs should meet BS1363 and it will be marked on the back

Answered by Farrah, Electrical Safety Expert

Plugs should meet BS1363 and it will be marked on the back. Plug in RCDs should meet BS 7071 and this will also be marked on the back or in the technical instructions.

Whether you are buying plugs or RCDs, particularly if shopping online, make sure you buy them from a retailer you know and trust, like a well-known High Street name. Avoid buying from third party sellers on online marketplaces as these are not subject to the same regulation as other retailers and it is easy for counterfeit and sub-standard products to be sold to unsuspecting shoppers.

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