As the Christmas period undoubtedly comes closer, Retail NZ has called upon retailers to broaden their focus on the safety of customers through what they buy.
Greg Harford, Retail NZ's general manager for public affairs says retailers need to make sure they are supplying proper safety gear and information when selling products over the Christmas period.
“If you're buying a chainsaw for dad, it's a good idea to make sure he's got the necessary safety gear; and if you're buying a bike for the kids, they'll also need a helmet if they're going to ride legally on the road. No matter who you're buying for, it's always a good idea to check with the retailer as to whether there's any special safety kit that you also need to operate presents safely.”
Along with reiterating that it is the retailer’s responsibility to ensure what they sell is up to safety standards, Harford says shopping locally is a consumers best bet to safe and reliable equipment.
"There's a whole range of reasons to shop local, including the fact that items brought from New Zealand will meet minimum safety standards, and your local retailer will be best placed to tell you if there's anything special you need to know about your purchase. Getting this information at the time you buy will mean that you don't run into problems down the track.
"In the lead-up to Christmas, Retail NZ recommends that customers shop from a reputable New Zealand store or website, and check with the retailer about any safety gear you might also need."