Avoid Counterfeit Electrical Products This Holiday Season

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KISSIMMEE, Fla., December 1, 2015 – Decorating the home for the holidays is one of the season’s most cherished traditions, but Kissimmee Utility Authority warns that counterfeit electrical products and decorations could make the holidays less than jolly.

Every year, counterfeit electrical holiday decorations find their way into homes and businesses across the U.S. These products pose significant safety hazards, and can cause deaths, injuries and substantial property loss in the home and the workplace if left undetected. While the appearance and packaging can be very convincing, the products themselves are often substandard.

Counterfeit electrical products can be difficult to spot. They can be knock-off versions of brand name products or items that bear an unauthorized certification marking, and may be manufactured without key components or compliance to relevant safety standards in order to save money.

Here’s what to look for to help protect yourself and your loved ones from the dangers of counterfeit electrical products:

* Use established vendors who purchase their goods from legitimate distributors and genuine manufacturers.
* Read the packaging and labels carefully. 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. Trademarked logos that look different than usual may signal a counterfeit.
* Look for certification marks from the manufacturer and an independent testing laboratory—such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL) or the Canadian Standards Association (CSA).
* Do your research. Organizations such as the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) provide information about product recalls, including those related to counterfeiting, on their websites.

Founded in 1901, KUA (www.kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility powering 67,000 customers in Osceola County, Florida.

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Contact: Chris Gent