Friday 2 December 2016

Shoppers warned on need for safety around home

Published 08/12/2015 | 02:30

Shoppers on Dublin’s Henry Street as retailers build their towards their busiest time of the year. Photo: Gareth Chaney – Collins
Shoppers on Dublin’s Henry Street as retailers build their towards their busiest time of the year. Photo: Gareth Chaney – Collins

Christmas shoppers are being urged to ensure all their festive purchases carry safety assurance marks.

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Today is one of the busiest shopping days of the year, so the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) has issued safety guidelines for consumers and householders, particularly parents who intend to purchase electrical goods and toys.

Look for the CE Mark

The CE Mark is found on products sold within the European Economic Area (EEA). It signifies that they been found to meet safety, health, and environmental protection requirements.

Switch off

Switch off all Christmas lights and electronic decorations last thing at night and first thing in the morning to protect against the risk of fire. Always switch off and unplug appliances when they are not in use.

Check alarms

Householders are being urged to check smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in their home to ensure they are working prior to the festive period.

Mind the electrics

Take caution when purchasing toys with electrical parts of transformers and read the instructions before use.

Keep away from fire

Reduce fire risks by keeping decorations or any combustible materials away from sources of heat.

Irish Independent

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