In a key Parliament debate on online sales of electrical goods, Gerald Jones, MP for Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney, called on the UK Government to take action to prevent sales of unsafe electrical goods and protect consumer safety.
Due to less disposable income, often due to continued Tory austerity, more and more people in Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney and across the UK are forced to buy unreliable or second hand electrical goods online, from unknown or unchecked retailers rather than buying new, and in the debate Gerald demanded that the Government do more for the safety and security of online sales.
Electricity is known to cause over half of the fires in UK homes and, between 2015-2016, electrical fires were responsible for 1,380 deaths and injuries – an average of 27 each week, or four per day, and Gerald spoke alongside other opposition MPs to call on the Government to introduce greater regulation, and ensure that online consumer safety comes first.
Speaking in the debate, Gerald said: “To the untrained eye, it is not always easy to tell if a second-hand item has an electrical fault.
“People need to be aware of the risk they are taking when they are buying second-hand electricals, and the Government must do more in this area – not only on online platforms, but on second-hand sales between individuals, to create a much safer environment for the sale of electrical goods.”