HELP IS AVAILABLE TO AVOID USING DANGEROUS ELECTRICAL PRODUCTS
For any number of possible reasons, the supply of illegal, dangerous electrical products in South Africa is out of the control it should be under. Regulations governing such products have been promulgated in order to protect users, whether they be household, commercial or industrial ones. As a result of compromises in design, materials used and in quality-control processes, sub-standard products can be, and are, offered at lower prices than compliant ones and many users are easily seduced by price considerations.
Unscrupulous suppliers capitalise on this vulnerability of users who are often ignorant of the risks to their safety or who rely on the integrity of their suppliers (including electrical contractors) – who themselves may not always be aware of the regulatory requirements or how to recognise sub-standard products.
To help address this issue, the SAFEhouse Association, a non-profit industry body, has produced a series of guides which are freely available to suppliers and users. These guides, nine in all, cover some of the more common products in everyday use. They briefly explain the workings of the products, the applicable regulations and provide some guidance on how to avoid such products.
The guides are available in electronic format on the SAFEhouse website: www.safehousesa.co.za or SAFEhouse can be contacted directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (011) 396-8140 or (011) 396-8251 for assistance in obtaining them.
Limited quantities are also available in pocket-sized, printed format.