Survey to explore the dangers of mobile phone chargers

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Secondary school pupils are being offered the chance to win prizes if they take part in an online survey about mobile phone chargers.

East Dunbartonshire Council’s Trading Standards team and the Electrical Safety Council (ESC) are conducting research into attitudes about charging mobile phones among our younger residents and need the help of the area’s high school pupils.

A growing number of counterfeit chargers are ending up in UK homes and they are now one of the main fake electrical products entering the country.

The serious risks of fake mobile phone chargers are making big news at the moment with stories of fire, electrocutions and more serious injuries.

The council’s Trading Standards team have designed a short survey into the habits of charging mobile phones asking questions such as how often people charge their phone, where and when, and also find out how much they know of the potential risk and the hazards of fake chargers.

The questionnaire, which can be found on the East Dunbartonshire Council website, consists of 18 multiple choice questions and will take about five minutes to complete. It can be found by searching for Mobile Phone Charging Survey from the main page.

Council leader Rhondda Geekie said: “We are looking for as many under-18s as possible to complete this survey to help us build up a better picture of how much our young people know about the potential dangers of counterfeit chargers.

“The results will then be used to design a campaign, if required, about the potential hazards of charging our gadgets or even highlight the levels of knowledge and safety amongst our young people.

“As an incentive all those who take part in the survey will be offered the chance to win one of 10 Freeloader Solar Chargers.”

The Freeloader Pico Solar Charger uses advanced solar cell and battery technologies to provide power for mobiles, iPods, tablets and other essential gadgetry that we carry with us.

The closing date for the survey has been extended until December 20 and the winners will be notified in the new year.