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Staying safe while cutting costs

When you’re looking to save money, it can be tempting to use things you already own differently, or to buy the cheapest option without a second thought. Here are some areas where cutting costs can put you and your family in danger:

There are a lot of products on sale aimed at helping keep warm, some of which are mains-powered, and some of which use a USB. Only ever buy from a reputable retailer and, where possible, a known manufacturer – counterfeit or cheap, imported items are often made with poor quality components that don’t meet UK safety regulations and could cause injury, electric shocks and even fires. Spending a bit more up front will save you so much more over time.

Similarly, if you need to replace a battery charger for an existing device, it’s safest to buy from the manufacturer. Cheap versions, or a charger not designed for the device, can cause a power surge – and that can start a fire. Follow the links for more specific advice:

Smokers should also resist buying cheap, imported cigarettes as these carry a higher risk of starting a fire – see here for more information.

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