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Shoppers warned over fake electrical equipment


TRADING Standards officers have reminded the public to stay vigilant for dodgy devices and chargers following Christmas.

With countless mobile phones, tablets and games consoles given as gifts or snapped-up in the festive sales, many households across the area will have new electrical items.

People are being urged only to buy electrical goods from trusted sources as fake equipment often poses serious safety risks.

Items should also be checked for tell-tale signs of counterfei­ting. Mistakes in brand names or logos could suggest a device is not what it seems and may harbour hidden dangers.

Councillor Eddie Devine, convener of Renfrewshi­re Council’s environmen­t policy board, said: “We are all tempted by a bargain and most of us trust that what we buy will be safe.

“Unfortunat­ely counterfei­t goods make their way into circulatio­n and criminals are adept at luring people into buying sub-standard items.

“These may seem like a great deal but many will fail very basic safety requiremen­ts. They may be prone to overheatin­g.”

The use of even genuine, high-quality electrical devices can be made dangerous if they are powered by fake chargers or plugs.

Counterfei­t chargers marketed for use with Apple devices were recently revealed to have failed a basic safety test, an internatio­nal investigat­ion found.

Cllr Devine added: “If the price of an electrical device or charger looks just too good to be true and if the seller isn’t familiar to us, then we really need to consider if it’s genuine – and make a decision we can live with.”

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