The Underwriters Laboratories (UL) and the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) is warning consumers to be on the lookout for counterfeit electrical products including Christmas lights. Counterfeit electrical products cause fires, cause severe burn injuries and kill.
The counterfeiters have become very skilled in creating knock-off products, products that look authentic but are actually very dangerous. Often counterfeit electrical products don’t provide shock or electrical fire protection.
Counterfeiters have been knocking off all different kinds of electrical products including circuit breakers, fuses, extension cords, power strips, toasters, hair dryers, decorate lights, irons, space heaters, and cell phone batteries. These counterfeit products have been known to catch on fire or even explode and they pose an enormous safety hazard.
Consumers need to be very savvy to avoid counterfeit and dangerous products. Here are some tips from the ESFI:
- Only buy electrical appliances from reputable retail stores. Avoid buying electrical products at flea markets, dollar stores or unknown web-sites.
- Avoid deeply discounted products.
- Buy branded products that you know and avoid brand-less products.
- Read the packaging and make sure they list the manufacturer name and address and a UPC code.
- Make sure the packaging is professional and doesn’t have grammatical errors. Examine warning labels.
- Look for certification labels and make sure that it has a UL certification.
The Underwriters Laboratories® Inc. (UL) is an independent product safety certification organization. The UL is committed to product safety and evaluates products and their components and allows acceptable products to carry a UL certification mark.
Currently, UL warns of that the following products have counterfeit UL marks and do not comply with UL safety requirements: “Santa’s Magic Christmas” decorative lighting string and “100 sphere light” decorative outfit have a counterfeit UL Mark and do not comply with UL safety requirements.
This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured by dangerous or defective products and the families of those killed. With our help, you may obtain compensation for your damages.