People and businesses are being warned of the dangers caused by chargers for mobile phones, tablets and electronic cigarettes, which can cause fire hazards or electric shocks.A Dangerous Phone Charger In a recent investigation, more than 50 per cent of chargers sampled by East Riding Council's trading standards officers proved to be unfit for sale. After recently removing 55 chargers from sale, the officers bought a sample of 11 from mobile phone accessories shops, discount shops, market stalls and e-cigarette shops across the East Riding. Independent tests showed three had critical safety failures and another three had technical failures on the markings or instructions.
The main faults found in unsafe chargers across the UK include inadequate insulation between the input and output circuits, leading to a risk of fire and electric shock. Other faults include components not properly secured or poorly soldered, incorrect size and positioning of live and neutral pins and a lack of proper instructions for use.
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