DOWNLOAD FREE GUIDES THAT HELP AVOID BUYING AND USING DANGEROUS SUB-STANDARD ELECTRICAL PRODUCTS AND SERVICES
The SAFEhouse Association is a non-profit, industry organisation that is committed to the fight against sub-standard, unsafe electrical products and services in South Africa. The Association has produced a series of handy, pocket-sized guides especially for the electrical contractor, which offer relevant information for contractors about CoCs, LEDs, luminaires, selecting cables, etc, as well as information to help with the selection of electrical products and how to recognise unsafe and non-compliant products.
The guides are all available on the SAFEhouse website and can be downloaded and printed.
SAFEhouse members have signed a code of conduct and their products carry the SAFEhouse logo and this is the suppliers’ assurance of responsible behaviour and that customers’ safety is a priority.
Some guidelines for the selection of products are:
- Buy brands you know and can trust.
- Buy from reputable distributors and outlets.
- Beware of copies of prominent brands.
- Be suspicious of prices lower than those of other, similar products/services.
- Be suspicious of lack of information on or with the product packaging.
- Ask the supplier for references to other users – and contact them.
- When dealing with an electrical contractor, ask for proof of registration and about its membership of the ECA (Electrical Contractors Association). Call the ECA in your region to check credentials.
- Be critical of a suspect installation or a Certificate of Compliance (CoC) that is issued too easily.
- Ask the supplier to prove compliance with regulations i.e. letter of authority (LOA).
- Look for certification marks such as SABS, VDE and UL. (Note that the
SABS mark is not necessarily a substitute for the LOA).
- Beware of fraudulent use of well-known certification emblems, such as the SABS mark.
- A ‘CE’ mark is not proof of independent testing and not necessarily proof of conformity.
Report any electrical product failure to the dealer, manufacturer, the NRCS and, if applicable, the National Consumer Commission. If in doubt, contact the SAFEhouse Association for assistance.
More info: Connie Jonker on (011) 396 8140 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Barry O’Leary on (011) 396 8251 or email email@example.com