Electrical Safety First welcomes funding for product safety

23 February 2015

Electrical Safety First is delighted that Jo Swinson, Minister for Consumer Affairs, has announced that an extra £400,000 is being made available to support Trading Standards stop dangerous goods being sold in the UK.

“In addition to funding criminal activity and hurting legitimate businesses, buying counterfeit can place our families and our homes in danger” explains Phil Buckle, Director General of Electrical Safety First.

“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 GB 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 are 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.”


For more information please contact:

Angela Murphy e: angela.murphy@electricalsafetyfirst.org.uk t: 020 3463 5127

Robert Jervis-Gibbons e: robert.jervis-gibbons@electricalsafetyfirst.org.uk t: 020 3463 5131