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ESC SUPPLIES FIRE BRIGADE WITH GREENBROOK CONVERSION PLUGS

The Electrical Safety Council (ESC) has given a vote of confidence to leading electrical equipment manufacturer GreenBrook by supplying thousands of the company’s European plug convertors to Fire and Rescue Services around the UK in a bid to improve the safety of appliances brought into the UK from mainland Europe.

The purpose-made three-pin EU conversion plugs, which adapt the European two-pin plugs for safe use with UK electrical installations, are being given out by Fire Brigades across the country when they come across problems during their home safety checks.

The ECP-WR-3A Euro converter plugs and SCP3-B-13A Schuko converter plugs – offer a range of benefits. For example, they:

Are quick and easy to fit.

Require no rewiring, the European plug simply inserts into the body of the converter and its lid is simply shut and secured by a screw.

Are safe and secure.

Are compact in design.

Offer extra safety because they cannot be plugged in while the lid is open.

Meet UK legislation requiring portable appliances to be sold fitted with a plug.

Are approved to British Standards.

Comply with the Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations 2008.

Incorporate an easily accessible external fuse carrier.

Have no loose parts.

The ESC, an independent charity committed to reducing deaths and injuries caused by electrical accidents at home and at work, was made aware of a dangerous practice among migrant communities of forcing European type two-pin plugs into UK three-pin sockets by overriding their inbuilt safety shutter mechanism.

However, electric shock from tampering with the plug socket is not the only risk. Two-pin Europlugs do not incorporate a fuse, so there is no inbuilt mechanism to cut off the electric current to the appliance in the event of a fault. And, the electrical leads on Eastern European appliances are rarely adequately rated for direct, unfused, connection to a UK ring circuit. This means that there is a danger of the plug and socket, the lead and/or cable overheating and starting a fire.

Phil Buckle, Director of Charitable Affairs at the ESC, said: “While the two-pin plugs are quite safe to use in their countries of origin, they are not designed for direct use with UK electrical installations. Using electrical appliances brought into the country from mainland Europe, without an EU conversion plug, represents a very serious threat to safety.”

Lee Howell, Chairman of the National Prevention Committee, speaking on behalf of the Chief Fire Officers Association, added: “Reducing the risk of fires in the home caused by faulty electrical equipment or incorrectly used two pin appliances will undoubtedly save lives.”

Email: clare@clarecomms.co.uk


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