Electrical Safety Counterfeit Products Portable Heaters
- More than 3,000 electrical fires are caused by extension cords each year, resulting in 50 deaths and 270 injuries.
- Large appliances cause nearly 20 percent of consumer-product electrocutions annually.
- U.S. Customs confiscates more than $3 million in consumer electrical products each year, and explains that products with counterfeit certification marks, including CSA, UL and ETL, have not been tested for shock and fire hazards.
Sales of electrical products increase during the winter months. Sales of Counterfeit Electrical products is on the rise, these items have not met the testing and safety standards and can result in injury, death and property damage. Purchase your products from reputable dealers and check for certification marks.
PORTABLE HEATER SAFETY:
- Keep all furniture, draperies, and other household objects at least three feet from the in-wall fan heaters and 12 inches from baseboard heaters.
- Keep portable space heaters at least three feet away from all flammable materials, such as furniture and draperies. ? Plug portable space heaters directly into the outlet; do not use an extension cord.
- If an in-wall or baseboard heater is shut off at the circuit breaker, be sure to lock or tag the circuit breaker to prevent someone from inadvertently turning it back on.
- Some portable space heaters, electric in-wall fan heaters and baseboard heaters have been subject to product recalls. Check your brand and model number and visit www.cpsc.gov for possible information about your heater.