Warwickshire Trading Standards working hard in Safer Street

This week the Safer Street campaign run by Warwickshire County Council focuses on the different services carried out by Warwickshire Trading Standards in their work to keep all residents and businesses in Warwickshire safe.

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The campaign focusses on the lives of fictional characters living in Safer Street, Warwickshire and highlights the range of ways Warwickshire County Council keeps them safe. This week, characters will encounter rogue traders, unsafe food, cars that are unroadworthy and dangerous to drive, and learn about general product safety.

Warwickshire Trading Standards protect residents by helping to ensure that unsafe and dangerous products are not sold to consumers. Trading Standards Officers have been seizing and destroying imports of cosmetics and toys containing banned cancer causing chemicals, before they reach the shop shelves. They also investigate consumer complaints about unsafe products, including electrical goods.

Trading Standards Officers have a vital role to play in ensuring that food is safe to consume, meets UK and European quality standards and is adequately and honestly described. For example, officers investigate complaints about food sold past its ‘use by date’ and food containing undeclared allergens such as peanuts. Protecting the food chain is also a key aspect of their work and officers visit farms to make sure that animal feed is protected from contamination by hazardous materials, rodents and pests and medicines and other chemicals.

Shops must not sell age restricted products such as alcohol and cigarettes to children. Warwickshire Trading Standards advise local businesses about under age sales and check stores to ensure that the law is being applied, protecting the health of young people and reducing anti-social behaviour.

Vehicle safety is also a high priority and officers make sure that car dealers in Warwickshire aren’t selling unroadworthy and dangerous vehicles to Warwickshire consumers. Car dealers face severe penalties for breaking the law.

Doorstep rogue traders, high pressure sales people and criminal gangs that carry out scams and frauds target elderly and vulnerable people living in Warwickshire. Warwickshire Trading Standards seek to keep these residents safe through warnings, awareness raising, installing phone devices (to stop scam calls) and using rogue trader enforcement rapid response teams to challenge rogue traders on the doorstep.

Trading Standards Officers also work hard to ensure that fireworks are stored and sold safely and investigate suspected petrol leaks, keeping Warwickshire residents safe.

The Safer Street campaign can be followed on the website www.warwickshire.gov.uk/saferstreet, Facebook and Twitter to hear the most up to date news on keeping safe in Warwickshire.

As Cllr John Horner, Portfolio Holder for Community Safety said “This campaign is a great way to highlight the diverse work of Warwickshire Trading Standards in protecting both businesses and residents, especially vulnerable people, in the local community.”

Cllr Philip Johnson, Chair of the Council’s Communities Overview and Scrutiny Committee added: “The Safer Street campaign is a fantastic way to remind residents and businesses of the work the Council is doing to keep them safe. So don’t forget to follow the characters online at www.warwickshire.gov.uk/saferstreet