UK Councils Warn Against Unsafe Laptop Chargers
Councils throughout the United Kingdom are voicing concern about fire risks involved with purchasing cheap and potentially fake laptop or phone chargers.
Wandsworth council late last year are the newest in a growing list of councils that have sent trading standards officers to stores peddling illegal or unsafe laptop chargers which risk possible fire, sometimes as early as the first time the power supply is used.
More than two hundred chargers obtained by Wandsworth council alone failed basic safety tests, in growing examples of manufacturers and retailers trying to cut costs as much as possible to offer cheaper products to consumers – sometimes at a safety risk. Defects that were found included circuits poorly soldered, not enough insulation between the output and input circuits, and components inside the unsafe laptop charger not being secured correctly which could lead to fires or electric shocks.
Wandsworth council’s consumer safety spokesman Councillor Jonathan Cook stated: “Our trading standards team have acted swiftly and decisively to protect residents from these dangerous chargers.
“These items may look like a bargain, but the sad fact is that their true cost could be far greater. Our message is to only buy from reputable retailers and don’t be tempted to buy electrical items like this on the cheap.”
“It also goes without saying that people should try and avoid leaving unsafe laptop chargers like this unattended or leaving them on overnight while you’re asleep.”
You can see the original article on the Wandsworth Council website here.
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