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9 in ten gadgets examined by the National Trading Standards has been detained

National Trading Standards said 15,000 of the 17,000 – or nine in ten - of the gadgets it has examined since October have been detained, mainly for having non-compliant electrical components that could explode or catch fire. 

hoverboard (c) Mark Large, image from London Fire Brigade website

With hoverboards set to be a popular present in the run-up to Christmas, it can be tempting to cut corners and purchase a potentially dangerous copy.

But with the majority of cheaper models deemed unsafe, especially while charging, you have to ask yourself – is it worth buying a substitute copy if it could destroy your home?

If you do want one, firstly you should check that the three pin plug on the device states it is made to BS 1363 and avoid buying it if this information is missing.

Other tips from trading standards:

  • Never leave the device charging unattended, especially overnight. A faulty cut-off switch or plug without a fuse - seen in many of the seized boards - could lead to it overheating, exploding or catching fire.
  • Check the shape of the plug. The first unsafe boards identified often had a clover-shaped plug.
  • Check for online reviews that seem genuine and for information about the company's head office and landline number. Sites that have spelling or grammar mistakes, including in the small print, can be an indication that it is not a professional operation.
  • Never be dazzled by a bargain. If the price is too good to be true, it probably is.
  • Report any concerns to Citizens Advice on 0344 411 1444 

Always ensure you have working smoke alarms in your property. To request a Free Safe and Wellbeing Visit call us on 0845 2234221 or ring Service Headquarters on 0845 305 8383 and ask for Community Safety www.ddfire.gov.uk/free-safe-and-wellbeing-visit

 

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