Clive Efford MP

Clive Efford - A Strong Voice for Eltham and Plumstead

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Register_appliance.jpgDid you know that electricity causes around half of all domestic fires in the UK, with most of them arising from electrical products - including counterfeit goods and faulty items that have been recalled? In fact, more than four fires each week are caused by white goods - such as a dishwasher, washing machine or tumble-dryer – which are electrical essentials in the modern home.

To find out how to help keep constituents electrically safe, Clive went along to a ‘Register my Appliance’ drop-in event in Parliament, hosted by leading safety charity, Electrical Safety First. By registering an electrical appliance, manufacturers and retailers can easily trace and contact consumers to recall a dangerous, substandard, or faulty, item.

“It seems that every day brings another media report of a dangerous washing machine or exploding mobile phone”, explains Clive. “I discovered that, since 2007, there have been 518 recall notices issued for electrical products. However, only 10-20% of faulty goods are ever returned or repaired, which means there are potentially thousands of unsafe appliances still in use in our homes. Yet only 24% of people always register their electrical goods.”

Electrical Safety First undertook research to find out why registration rates were so low and found the three key reasons were: ‘it’s too much trouble’; ‘I forgot’; or ‘I can’t see the benefit’.

“Electricity is so fundamental to modern life, we rarely give it a second thought, yet it can kill, causes over 350,000 serious injuries each year and creates significant property damage”, notes Clive.  “But disturbingly, Electrical Safety First’s research has shown that three in 10 of us are still willing to put ourselves in danger by continuing to use recalled electrical items.”

The charity has been lobbying the UK Government to establish a centrally managed product recall database, which would allow consumers to check that the appliances they are using are safe. And they are calling for a ‘voluntary mark’ to be used by manufacturers of fridges and freezers to demonstrate that they have been made from fire-resistant materials. (Refrigerators with flammable plastic backs are a serious safety concern and can cause large, rapidly developing fires).

“I strongly support Electrical Safety First’s campaign to get more people to register their electrical goods”, adds Clive.  “So I will be encouraging my constituents to take a few simple steps to protect themselves and their families. This includes always buying from a reputable dealer or manufacturer, following the instructions supplied with the product and remembering to register their appliance so they can be contacted if there is a problem.”

To see if an electrical appliance you own has been recalled, visit: electricalsafetyfirst.org.uk/recall 

To register an appliance, visit: www.registermyappliance.org.uk/

Safety first for Electrical Products

Did you know that electricity causes around half of all domestic fires in the UK, with most of them arising from electrical products - including counterfeit goods and faulty items...

img_0871small.jpgClive has joined the Women's Institute in a call to #EndPlasticSoup.

Microplastics are plastic particles smaller than 5mm. A major source of microplastic pollution is from synthetic fibres, which are small strands of plastic that can come loose from clothing in the washing cycle. As they are too small to be caught by washing machine filters and the sewage system, they end up in the sea and wider environment.

Due to their small size the fibres can be ingested by aquatic life, posing a health risk to them. Microplastics are also entering the food chain, the long-term effects of which are unknown.

The campaign is calling calls for the development of solutions to microplastic fibres from industry & the Government.

You can find out more about the campaign by visiting https://www.thewi.org.uk/campaigns/current-campaigns-and-initiatives/end-plastic-soup

Clive backs WI campaign to #EndPlasticSoup

Clive has joined the Women's Institute in a call to #EndPlasticSoup. Microplastics are plastic particles smaller than 5mm. A major source of microplastic pollution is from synthetic fibres, which are...

Speaking in Parliament, Clive raised the case of a constituent who has been required to attend reassesment for the Personal Independence Payment three times in as many years.

This is the case for many people with chronic conditions, speaking about the issues, Clive said: 'Many people with chronic conditions are being harassed by repeated reassessments for PIP. This benefits no one. This is why Labour will scrap the current system & introduce tailored support to protect the vulnerable.'

You can watch Clive's question below:

 

Clive highlights problems with PIP reassesments

Speaking in Parliament, Clive raised the case of a constituent who has been required to attend reassesment for the Personal Independence Payment three times in as many years. This is...


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