Halifax Home Insurance concerns over electrical safety.

Halifax Home Insurance is warning of the importance of electrical safety following recent a survey showing that one-in-four second-hand electrical goods failed a standard safety check.

On average, 2,500 people are being killed or injured every year in electrical fires and Halifax Home Insurance confirmed that one fifth of household fire insurance claims are caused by electrical equipment.

The company's senior underwriter, Vicky Emmott, commented: "We're concerned that the nation's renewed appetite of making money out of old items could lead to a slide in electrical safety standards.

"We are calling on anyone buying or selling second-hand electrical items to ensure that the goods meet the required safety standards. Failure to do so could not only leave the sellers open to prosecution but cause damage to the users' home and put lives as risk."

Halifax Home Insurance recommends the following advice relating to purchasing second hand electrical items: