Selling safe second hand electrical goods
(for all nations)
Sellers of second hand electrical goods are responsible for ensuring the goods meet legal safety requirements and sellers may be liable to pay compensation if they sell unsafe goods and they cause injury or damage. If the equipment you are selling complies with an acceptable standard - for example, a British/European Standard - it will normally meet safety requirements.
Distributors and retailers, including second hand dealers and auctions, must only sell appliances that are correctly fitted with an approved plug with sleeved neutral and live pins and the correct fuse. Electric fires for use in the home must have a fireguard that meets British Standards, or the European equivalent.
If you sell second hand electrical goods which are unsafe or incorrectly labelled and you haven't taken reasonable precautions to avoid this, you may be prosecuted.
In the guide
Be sure electrical equipment is safe
Wiring colour codes
Safe fireguards for electric fires
Selling electric blankets
Last reviewed/updated: November 2012
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