Safety Warning

We would like to bring an important safety issue to your attention.

Recently one of our listeners reported that the charger for her boom box had broken in two, with the result that some wires were exposed. This would have been very dangerous if the plug was in a socket and the socket was switched on.

As far as we know this is an isolated incident and we do not want to alarm you.

However, in order to ensure safety when charging your boom box we strongly recommend the following for all listeners, regardless of the type of charger you are using:

  1. Ask a sighted helper to conduct a visual inspection of your charger. If there are any signs that it is cracked or that the cover is loose, do not use it and let us know by phone or letter.
  2. Always use a socket with an on/off switch when charging your boom box and turn off the switch before unplugging the charger. This ensures that if the cover does come off the charger the wires inside are not live. It is also safer when you next come to plug in another appliance.

We would also ask you please to let us know if you have a charger of  the following type:

– It’s made of shiny black plastic and is no bigger than an ordinary three pin plug;

– The words “TRAVEL ADAPTOR” appear in white letters on the underside of the plug

– The large earth pin is metal (rather than plastic as on most chargers);

– The charger body appears to be glued together with no visible screws.

Picture of the type of charger that failed

The type of charger that failed

A picture showing another view of the type of charger that failed.

Another view of the type of charger that failed

If this description matches your charger, please contact us by putting a note in your envelope when you return your memory stick or by leaving a message on our telephone answering machine at 01372 721519.

As a precaution we propose in due course to exchange it for a different design.

As a matter of general good practice, we also recommend that you do not leave your boom box charging overnight. We realise that this may be different from the advice that you were given when you received your boom box.

Finally, take great care with all electrical appliances and if you have any doubts about an item do not investigate yourself but call a sighted helper.