Tips for Buying Trustworthy Products for Summer

Now that the warmer months are here, you might be stocking up on summer essentials. You may need a new pair of sunglasses, a fan or an immersion heater to warm your paddling pool. But what you don’t need is the risk of injury from using unsafe products. Some so-called summer bargains, such as poorly manufactured electrical goods, can pose a danger to you and your family. Keep safe this summer by following these tips for buying trustworthy products:

  • Consider the product’s price. A lower product price might be a warning sign that it’s unsafe. Unusually cheap items are often of poorer quality. For example, cut-price sunglasses may offer low or no protection from the sun’s rays.
  • Check for safety markings. Certain products, such as toys and electrical goods, must be sold with a safety marking and the name and address of the manufacturer. Look for a CE or UKCA marking on products that require safety certification. Check that the marking is on the product itself; if it’s only on the packaging, the product may be fake.
  • Register your products. Unregistered products are a safety risk. If given the option, always register your product with the manufacturer. This way, you’ll be swiftly informed if the product is recalled due to a safety issue. Often, second-hand products can be registered too.
  • Examine the product. Before buying, carefully examine the product. Genuine products should have standardised logos, fonts and colours. Therefore, avoid products that look clumsy or have spelling or grammatical errors. Trust your gut; if something feels off or a price feels too good to be true, it probably is.

Additionally, always remember to read any safety instructions before using something for the first time.

If you’re concerned about the safety of a product, contact the Citizens Advice consumer helpline in England and Wales or Advice Direct in Scotland.

 

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