Tag: trading standards

Take charge of battery safety when using e-cigarettes

The Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) has said that there have been rare incidents of E-cigarettes or “vapes” exploding and seriously injuring people.

It has been suggested that battery-related issues may lead to vape explosions. The OPSS has released a list of safety tips may help you avoid a vape battery explosion or fire.

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Suspicious telephone calls offering crime prevention equipment

Trading Standards has received reports from concerned local residents who have recently received an unsolicited telephone call from a ‘home security’ business.

During the call, the caller attempts to arrange an appointment for a someone to visit the resident’s home to discuss and offer crime prevention equipment.

The caller may make claims such as “the police no longer respond to home security alarms” or that they are “working closely with local Police to provide residents a special offer”.

Trading Standards believes these callers maybe targeting elderly and vulnerable residents. Although it urges anyone who receives this type of unsolicited telephone call to act with caution.

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Central Bedfordshire Council urges residents to take up the fight against scams

Central Bedfordshire Council’s trading standards is backing a grassroots scheme for a community-based effort against the spiralling number of scams and cons circulating throughout the area.

Friends Against Scams is coordinated by the National Trading Standards Scams Team and promoted by local trading standards teams nationally, and gives people the tools they need to recognise scams and to take steps to make a difference.

The first stage is to take a free,20-minute online training session or attend a presentation which raises awareness of the common types out there, the skills to avoid them and the confidence to spread the word to friends, neighbours and loved ones.

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‘No cold calling zones’ are not enforceable

No Cold Calling Zones are set up to combat the problem of doorstep crime and distraction burglary. They can also empower residents to have the confidence to deter callers away. However, a No Cold Calling Zone does not ban cold callers or does it create an exclusion zone.

There is an alternative that makes it a criminal offence to cold call.

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