Thurrock Council’s Trading Standards team has prevented 900 hazardous hair dryers from reaching consumers in the UK.
In December, the team seized a shipment of a large number of unsafe items at DP World London Gateway port. The items included hair dryers with a lack of a 'thermal cut off' device, meaning 'the product could overheat quickly and catch fire. The glass kettles contained counterfeit fuses that did not comply with the British safety standards. Following tests, all 904 products will now be destroyed.
Leader of the Council, Cllr Rob Gledhill said, "The Imports team works tirelessly to ensure that all consumer goods that enter the country comply with current safety rules. Thurrock is a gateway for the rest of the UK, so the work done by our officers potentially protects people from all over the country from harm or serious injury.
"Working in collaboration with various intelligence sources, the team is able to identify shipments that might contain high-risk products, which can then be examined and tested to ensure they meet the required standards.
"Well done and thank you to everyone involved in keeping consumers safe from harmful products and dangerous items.
"Our Trading Standards team receives funding from National Trading Standards and works tirelessly to prevent unsafe products ending up being sold. Residents can also help in this fight by reporting any concerns they may have or faulty goods they have purchased."
For more information on Trading Standards, go to thurrock.gov.uk/tradingstandards – to report any unsafe items or raise concerns, call 03454 04 05 06.