18 November 2019
Jersey Fire and Rescue Service (JFRS) is supporting Electrical Fire Safety Week which runs from 18 – 24 November, and this year’s campaign is focused on dangerous electrical products (sub-standard, counterfeit or recalled) that are sold via online marketplaces.
The National Fire Chiefs Council’s campaign is working in partnership with Electrical Safety First, an independent charity committed to reducing deaths and injuries caused by electricity in the home.
With the convenience of internet shopping, people are moving away from high street retailers and online marketplaces are particularly popular, frequently offering products at bargain prices.
However, sellers of counterfeit or sub-standard electrical products exploit these online marketplaces for the ease with which they can sell their goods to a mass market – it can be impossible to know what you are actually buying, with no real guarantee that the product you receive will be genuine.
Crew Commander, John Lloyd said: “32% of all fires in Jersey are caused by electrical items and therefore we want to ensure that islanders are taking the correct precautions to protect themselves from injury and the devasting effects of fire.
“If you are buying online, buy from a retailer that you trust, either directly from the manufacturer’s website or a trusted high street brand. We also want to encourage people to register their appliances for any product recalls or safety repairs through the Register My Appliance website.”
Throughout the week, the JFRS will be providing safety information and tips on Facebook and Twitter.