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  • Beware of these unsafe Products in South Africa

    There are more than 3000 electrical fires annually in South Africa and there are many more with unknown causes that could be electrical. Cases of electrocution are not widely publicized. The products illustrated below and purchased in February & March 2016 are a tiny sample of a range of sub-standard, unsafe electrical products being distributed in South Africa on […]

  • DANGEROUS & UNSAFE electrical cable tests

    A variety of electric cable is used to bring electricity into buildings, to distribute it within a building and to power devices in daily use. There is a large amount of sub-standard and dangerous cable being distributed in South Africa.  One of the most frequent and dangerous measures taken by unscrupulous suppliers to reduce cost, […]

  • Which surge protection products can you trust?

    Looks can be deceiving, expensive – and deadly! There are many products claiming to provide protection of expensive assets against power surges. Some, perhaps many, will not do the job, which will only be discovered when it’s too late. And some are dangerous too* It is impossible for a buyer to asses these products’ capabilities […]

  • Cable looks can be deceiving. And often DEADLY.

    A variety of cable is used to bring power into residential, commercial and industrial buildings, to distribute power within those buildings and to power electrical devices in daily use. Electric cable of any size can prove as dangerous as it is useful and from appearances it is difficult for most people to judge whether it […]

  • How can you tell if a product is SAFE or DANGEROUS?

    The circuit-breaker is a vital safety device which has become a commodity. Its commoditization makes it difficult for suppliers to differentiate themselves and many have resorted to price differentiation – often at the expense of quality and capability to do what it should. From all accounts there are more than 30 – some say more […]

  • A decision based on cost COULD BE COSTLY!

    Purchasing the correct instrument for the application is vitally important. Indiscriminate selection based on price alone is a safety risk and could prove much more costly. Even fatal. Instruments should be manufactured to IEC standards to ensure safe operation. These are categorized as CAT I to CAT IV. The higher category corresponds to electrical environments […]

  • SUB-STANDARD ELECTRICAL PRODUCTS AND SERVICES CAN CAUSE FIRE, INJURY AND DEATH

    The latest available statistics* indicate that over 3500 fires yearly are classified as “electrical”. Fires may be caused by using sub-standard electrical products, by employing incompetent Contractors to carry out electrical installations or both. There are many sub-standard products and services on offer in South Africa, usually at reduced prices and in contravention of laws that […]

  • Looks can be deceiving. And often DEADLY.

    This case was the subject of legal action. The following distributors placed statements of apology and product recall in various South African publications: • Ridgeway Builders Centre trading as Morgan’s Hardware of Lenasia, Gauteng. • Wirelec Industries of Devland and Micromatica of Lenasia, Gauteng. Counterfeiting and selling non-compliant products and services are criminal acts. Click […]

  • A decision based on cost COULD BE COSTLY!

    Purchasing the correct instrument for the application is vitally important. Indiscriminate selection based on price alone is a safety risk and could prove much more costly. Even fatal. Instruments should be manufactured to IEC standards to ensure safe operation. These are categorized as CAT I to CAT IV. The higher category corresponds to electrical environments […]

  • An assurance to customers

    There is present in South Africa a considerable number of electrical products that are: non-compliant with regulations otherwise of poor quality potentially unsafe misrepresented not fit for purpose counterfeit and offered at seductive prices The mere existence of the laws governing these products has not been an assurance of regulatory compliance, safety or fitness for purpose. […]

  • This product is unsafe! “Yigni” brand

    This product is distributed in South Africa under the “Yigni” brand. The design and manufacture of some of the internal components, that are not visible to the buyer or user, can result in arcing, temperature rise and fire. This product does not pass the following regulatory tests: SANS 164-1 and SANS IEC 60884-1. This instance […]

  • You have the power to kill people… or to protect lives!

    There are many sub-standard, misrepresented electrical products and services being offered for sale in South Africa. These can present serious safety and functionality risks to users – and as such pose potentially serious consequences for the supplier. Click here to view the pdf. Be Safe. Recommend and use SAFEhouse members’ products and services:       […]