BEAMA Warns Against Counterfeit Goods
Alan Birks, President of BEAMA Installation
“Don’t risk installing counterfeit and non–compliant electrical installation products — you are risking prosecution and could be endangering lives,” warns Alan Birks, president of BEAMA Installation.
Alan, who is distribution channel manager for Eaton, is concerned at the increasing sales of dangerous counterfeit wiring accessories, circuit breakers, fuses, cables and lighting products.
“This is not just scaremongering — we have tested fuses with no sand filling or fuse elements and seen miniature circuit breakers with no overcurrent protection,” he says.
“These devices if exposed to a short–circuit current could explode, causing injury, fire or even death. Counterfeiting can take various forms. The products may be passed off as those of a genuine manufacturer. In other cases they are illegal copies of the genuine product, but are offered as a cheaper alternative. One death caused by faulty goods is one death too many and those who install faulty goods bear a heavy responsibility.”