Cheap, Uncertified Electrical Items Can Be Dangerous

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Cheap, uncertified electrical items can be dangerous — and they are becoming more common as people search for bargains. Improperly made items, such as extension cords and power tools, can cause injuries and fires. Self-defense: Avoid items whose labels do not provide the manufacturer’s contact information… ones without UPC bar codes… ones without any branding or certification marks… and ones with spelling and grammatical errors on packages. Be especially careful when buying products online.

Source: Anthony Toderian, spokesperson, CSA International, which tests and certifies consumer electronics and other products, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.


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