Schools may consider increasing their fire warden training in London after it was revealed there has been an increase in counterfeit goods entering the UK market.
The Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI) has warned that demand for fake goods is so high, it is costing the country £1.3 billion a year with regards to lost profits and taxes.
Not only is this affecting the British economy but, as products are likely to be of a lower quality, it is doubtful they will meet safety criteria.
Mums and dads could be tempted to buy a counterfeit present this year if stores sell out of their child’s must-have toy or to cut back on steep Christmas expenses.
However, chief executive of CTSI Leon Livermore warned parents: “If a price seems to be too good to be true then it likely is; don’t get sucked in by crazy deals.”
Children’s products are of particular concern, as the CTSI stated they are unlikely to meet fire retardant standards. In addition to clothes and toys, missing parts of electrical goods could result in fires, explosions and electric shocks.
Schools, therefore, could face extra fire safety risks when they re-open in January with many children bringing their new Christmas toys into the building, some of which may fail to adhere to trading standards.
Teaching staff who might need to put out some blazes in the new year should learn the different types of extinguishers they may have to operate. Powder fire, foam, carbon dioxide, wet chemical and water mist fire extinguishers can be used depending on what type of fire it is.