Identifying Impostors

May 23, 2018
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Be aware of counterfeit electrical goods!

Rebuilding or renovating is a costly project and we often find ways to save money throughout the process. Metro Electric is here to remind you it’s not worth cutting corners on your electrical parts to save money. Get safety and security — use a certified electrician (hint, hint, Metro Electric) who purchases from reputable distributors and retailers (or if you are buying your own electrical parts, know what to look for).

Did you know, the prevalence of counterfeit products has increased over 10,000% in the past two decades?

How to avoid purchasing counterfeit parts

The best advice we can give you is to do your research. Read the packaging and labels carefully, and avoid unknown brands and products that do not display any brand affiliation. Use established vendors who purchase their goods from legitimate distributors and genuine manufacturers. 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.

Look for the UL, ETL and CSA logos before purchasing your electrical part.

Another way to tell if a product is a counterfeit is by detecting typos or misspellings on the product’s packaging. Counterfeit products may appear to be attractive because of lower pricing. A counterfeit electrical device can lead to fires, shocks or explosions that can cost workers their lives and produce considerable property damage.

At Metro Electric, we provide a standard switch and receptacle colors, including white, almond, ivory and brown. If you have a specific color or style of switch, receptacle or faceplate, we will be happy to install them, but be sure to use the tips above to avoid faulty products.