NSW Fair Trading media release – Safety warning: retractable cable chargers

NSW Fair Trading media release – Safety warning: retractable cable chargers

USB charger extendedNSW Fair Trading Commissioner Rod Stowe is advising consumers to take extra care when using retractable cable chargers through a USB connection for their electronic devices including ipods, ipads and iphones.

Mr Stowe said consumers should read any product information and be aware of the appropriate use of this type of charger.

Here are three easy-to-remember safety tips:

● when using a retractable cable charger, make sure the cable is
fully extended
● always maintain direct supervision of the charger, and do not
leave it connected to a power source unattended
● ensure that the retractable charger is compatible with any
additional device you are using.

“The retractable cable charger should also not be left connected at the power source when not in use,” he said.

Mr Stowe said that NSW Fair Trading is working with retailers regarding the sale of these kinds of products.

“Consumers should immediately discontinue use of any electrical device if it overheats or appears faulty,” he said.

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