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The Dangers of Counterfeit Electrical Products

Tcounterfeit Electrical Goodshe Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) recently surveyed over 900 electrical inspectors, contractors, distributors, and manufacturers to learn about the counterfeiting issue in the electrical industry. The result was over half of the inspectors surveyed have discovered a counterfeit product.

The most common counterfeit products they found were lights and breakers. Because they are often not manufactured to the same standards as originals, knock-offs can overheat or short out, increasing the risk of electrical shock or fire. 

Buying connected devices from disreputable manufacturers can also put your privacy at risk. A third of websites hosting pirated or counterfeit goods contain malware according to the office of U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator. Plugging in a security camera, smart toy or other device from an unknown manufacturer may put your family's privacy and security at risk.

Counterfeit electronics are often unknowingly used in manufacturing of everything from household products to commercial and military components.  They have even been found on Air Force One!  

How to Avoid Counterfeit Electrical Products

Because they're not always easy to spot, it's important to purchase electrical products from reputable retailers and follow these tips:
  • Read packaging and labels. Text should be free of grammatical errors and should not contain conflicting information.
  • Packaging should contain the name and contact information of the manufacturer.
  • Avoid unknown brands and products that do not display any brand affiliation.
  • Look for industry certification, such as the UL label.
Be alert. Organizations such as the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), CSA Group, and Underwriters Laboratories (UL) provide information about product recalls, including those related to counterfeiting, on their websites.

Purchasing products from a reputable company like Clover Electric will ensure your security and safety.

Cleveland Electrical Services

Clover Electric is known for professionalism, performance and integrity. Make your home a safer and more pleasant place to live with electrical systems you can rely upon. Some of our services include:

  • Commercial Tenant Improvements
  • Code Compliance
  • Inspection Report Corrections

In And Around The Home

  • Electrical Service and Repair
  • Add New Outlets/Switches
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Bath Fan/Heat Light Combination
  • Heated Towel Bar
  • Recessed Lighting
  • Fixture Hanging
  • New Dryer Hook-Ups
  • New Spa/Pool Hook-Ups and Lighting
  • Data/Communications Setup
  • Cable Hook-Ups
  • Lighting
  • Lighting Controllers
  • Programmable Lighting
  • Motion Sensor Lighting
  • Dimmer Switches
  • Exhaust Fans
  • G.F.C.I. Outlet Installations
  • Re-wiring
  • Service Upgrades
  • Old Panel Replacements
  • New Circuits
  • Dedicated Computer Circuits
  • House Grounding
  • Whole House Surge Protection
  • Transformers
  • 220V-240V Upgrades
  • Whole House Back Up Generators
  • Breakers & Fuses
  • Meter Boxes
  • Panel Repairs and Upgrades
  • Equipment Installations
  • Security Lighting
  • Dawn to Dusk Lighting
  • Smoke Detectors
  • Heat Detectors
  • Carbon Monoxide Detectors
  • Surge Protectors
  • Low Voltage Lighting Systems
  • Motorized Shades
  • Under Cabinet Lighting
  • Yard Lighting
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