Over the past decade, U.S. seizures of counterfeit products have increased more than 325%. Consumer electronics, with a value of nearly $40 million, were the top commodity seized in 2011. Counterfeit products can unknowingly be used in manufacturing, military, critical infrastructure, and consumer product applications. They not only endanger the economic health of our nation, but more importantly, put the safety of our families, communities, and employees at risk.
Eliminating counterfeit electrical products from the electrical supply chain will require a collaborative effort that leverages new data to educate and advance awareness among the public and industry stakeholders. ESFI is poised to face this problem head on, and is working with stakeholders from across the electrical industry for its newest anti-counterfeiting campaign.
2014 Counterfeit Electrical Products Survey
In an effort to develop a baseline understanding of the observations, attitudes, and perceptions of those who manufacture, distribute, install, and inspect electrical products, ESFI recently surveyed members of several organizations that are active in the electrical industry about counterfeit electrical products. The survey was conducted using an online questionnaire, and each organization distributed the invitations and subsequent follow-ups to its members.
ESFI thanks the following organizations for their participation in the survey: International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI), Independent Electrical Contractors Association (IEC), National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED), National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), and National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA).
Counterfeit or Legit? 10 Tips to Help You Buy the Real Deal
They say every man has his price and when it comes to counterfeit electrical products that is, essentially, true. Purchasing counterfeits may save a buck but it puts your safety, and potentially the safety of your loved ones and your home, at risk. Counterfeit electronics are uniquely unforgiving and have been reported to start fires, explode, shock users and inflict burns. Today counterfeits are more sophisticated than ever before, making them difficult to spot. Use these helpful tips to help avoid the purchase of counterfeit electrical products and ensure you get a real deal.
As a homebuyer or renovating homeowner, you have many questions to ask and decisions to make. Floor plans and paint color are certainly important, but there is one issue that should be given serious consideration: your electrical products. Counterfeiting has increased over 10,000% in the past two decades and they are uniquely dangerous. Counterfeit electrical products have been known to ignite, explode and pose a shocking hazard. Finding a competent contractor is your best defense against counterfeit products. The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) has developed this “Blueprint of a Quality Contractor” to help you pick the right person for the job to ensure your home is a lasting source of comfort and safety.