Online shoppers are being encouraged to do their research thoroughly if buying a new appliance for their homes.
Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) is currently supporting International Product Safety Week (November 12 to 16), focusing on the importance of taking care when choosing products on the internet.
National survey figures have also been revealed, suggesting 64 per cent of adults would spend more time online finding out about new trainers, a meal out or holiday, compared to choosing a fridge freezer.
As well as following installation and user guides, buyers are being encouraged to register their purchases with manufacturers at Register my appliance, so they can be contacted if a safety repair or product recall is ever needed.
Tina Collett, District Liaison Officer at NFRS, said: “These days, people buy many of their major household appliances online, with the simple expectation they will work and will be safe to use.
“But it is so vital to make every effort to buy from reputable sellers who you know, or to at least research what other buyers are saying about the product. Doing some research and exercising caution when buying online could make all the difference to the safety of shoppers and their families.”
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