Consumers need to watch for harmful counterfeit products
(NC) Do be aware that counterfeit electrical products can be dangerous to you and your household, say authoritative sources including the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI-Canada) and the Canadian Anti-Counterfeiting Network.
Over the past 10 years the value of counterfeit goods seized by the RCMP has increased by 500% and the number of harmful counterfeit products has more than doubled, with electrical products representing 12% of those seized last year. Consumers should be aware that counterfeit electrical products can present shock and fire hazards that can kill.
“The concern with counterfeit electrical products is that they by-pass the quality controls that ensure relevant safety standards are met. Investigations have found that products made with substandard materials lack the required insulation to avoid fire hazards caused by overheating , and that improper assembly exposes wires and can present electrical shock hazards,” says Wayne Edwards, a board member of the foundation and chair of the network.
Counterfeits here in Canada can include electrical appliances, electronics and cables, chargers and adapters, extension cords and powerbars, lamps and ballasts, smoke detectors, and electrical components like circuit breakers, fuses, receptacles, ground fault circuit interrupters & conduit fittings.
Edwards points out that the vast number of manufacturers and sources for these products continue to challenge government and enforcement agencies, manufacturers, retailers and distributors, and certification bodies as they work to protect consumers from potential shock and fire hazards. Consumers should purchase electrical products from reputable retailers and report any electrical safety concerns to the manufacturer, the retailer where the product was purchased, or to Health Canada's Consumer Product Safety Division.
More information can be found online at www.esfi.ca.
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