Christmas is supposed to be full of joy and celebration. However, it can also be a time when there is an increased risk of an electrical fire – from dodgy Xmas lights in the sitting room, to unattended cooking in the kitchen. With electricity causing three quarters of fires in Scottish homes –most caused by electrical products – it’s no time to become complacent.

That’s why Neil Findlay MSP is joining with leading consumer protection charity, Electrical Safety First, to keep constituents electrically safe this Christmas.

Scottish Labour’s Neil Findlay MSP explains:

“Christmas is meant to be magical but with extra food, drink and people, we can all forget some of the safety fundamentals”

“We all know that the kitchen is the heart of a home – and especially so at Christmas. But it is also the most dangerous room in the house when it comes to electrical accidents. And with the pressures of cooking Christmas dinner, along with spending time with friends and family, it’s easy to become distracted, which is when accidents can occur.”

Wayne Mackay, Deputy Public Affairs Manager at Electrical Safety First said:

“Our research found that a number of dangerous electrical goods – which present a real risk of fire – are being sold by unregulated ‘third-party’ sellers via online marketplaces such as Amazon Marketplace, eBay and Wish”

“But many people think they are buying from the platform itself, which they consider reputable. For example, we found that 44% of people we surveyed didn’t know the difference between Amazon and Amazon Marketplace – and it’s the latter where we are more likely to purchase from a third-party vendor. So we have created an app for Google Chrome – Check it Out – which we hope will provide some clarity to this, by alerting people when they are buying from a third-party seller.”

To install the free app, simply go to the Chrome Store and type in Electrical Safety First. It will become active when browsing Amazon Marketplace and eBay. The app is still in the Beta-stage but the Charity is constantly updating and improving it

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