BS Standards and CE marks

I recently got a call out to a job where the MCB for the sockets circuit wouldn’t stay on, the fault was traced to a recently fitted chrome socket outlet that the owner had installed. The socket had developed a direct line to neutral fault. On investigation it was apparent that the socket had no British Standard or CE marking and had been supplied via eBay  (but not even cheaply).

Always check that any sockets and switches you buy have the BS standard or the CE marking to show that they have been designed and tested to a safe standard that proves they are fit for installation in your home