Safer Places of Worship

Charity Shops & Sale of Goods

Churches that have a charity shop or who wish to hold a jumble sale or similar event are advised to take measures to ensure that the obligations and responsibilities they have are adequately discharged.


It is advisable to consider:

  • whether all goods donated are checked to ensure that they are safe to sell;
  • that Gas appliances and electrical goods have been checked by a qualified person and labelled to show they have been inspected. Please note heating appliances and fire blankets should not be resold;
  • that toys are marked with a CE mark. The sale of homemade toys should be avoided;
  • that nursery goods are checked thoroughly and are as safe as new. Goods should carry an appropriate standard number and have details of a UK supplier or distributer.

If selling second hand upholstered furniture the foam must be Combustion Modified High Resilient (CMHR) and coverings must be cigarette and match resistant. Any mattress must be BS7177 compliant.