PRODUCT SAFETY AND FIRE RISK IN RESIDENTIAL PREMISES

I participated today in an important debate on product safety and fire risk in residential premises. With electrical faults and accidents responsible for starting three quarters of all house fires in Scotland alone, it is time for a single, publicly accessible register of product recalls. The current product recall system is not fit for purpose. We also need a national body to take responsibility for ensuring manufacturers keep households safe and consumers are protected – the regulatory regime needs to be overhauled and its weaknesses addressed anyway with Brexit on the horizon. I also pointed out that counterfeit electrical goods may look like a bargain but, sadly, due to the electrical risks they may pose, they could cost consumers more than they could possibly ever have imagined. Please click below to see my speech.

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