Health Canada

Health Canada

December 11, 2007 08:00 ET

Media Avisory/REMINDER: Health Canada Reminds Canadians of Electrical Safety This Holiday Season

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 11, 2007) - Electrical products like sparkling lights, decorations and flashy toys form a central part of holiday celebrations in Canada. With the holiday season quickly approaching, Health Canada is taking this opportunity to remind the public of simple steps they can take to choose safe electrical products and to use them safely.

Electrical products that are not properly certified to the standards required by provincial/territorial electrical authorities, can cause serious problems when used, leading to fires, injuries and even death. When buying electrical products, verify that they are certified to the Canadian electrical safety standards required. If you notice products which do not bear at least one of the required certification marks below (requiring the letter 'c' in some form to designate certification to Canadian electrical safety standards), report them to the retailer and to your Provincial/Territorial/Municipal Electrical Safety Authority or to Health Canada.

The Recognized Certification Marks and the Recognized Field Evaluation Agency Markings are available at the following address:

Of special note, Health Canada has recently become aware of dangerous electrical products in stores that have not been certified by accredited Certification Organizations such as Canadian Standards Association International (CSA), Underwriter(s Laboratories of Canada (ULC) and others to meet the requirements of the Canadian Electrical Code and the Provincial/Territorial Electrical Safety Authorities. A recent example of this is the animated lamps ( that are being withdrawn from sale and should not be used.

Improper certification information may not only indicate a sub-standard product, but in some instances, a counterfeit item. Almost any item can be counterfeited. The most reliable way to tell if a product is counterfeit is by its price. If a product is offered at an extremely low price, it could be counterfeit. Counterfeiters are very skilled at mimicking the packaging of legitimate products. This makes it very difficult to determine whether or not a product is counterfeit by appearance alone.

Purchase electrical products from a reputable dealer and when checking products for safety marks, be sure to look at more than the power cord. Often, non-compliant suppliers install improper labels and stickers or approved (marked) power cords on products hoping that purchasers will assume that the product also meets other required safety standards. Examine the packaging carefully before you buy or use electrical products and if in doubt, verify with the retailer.

More information about electrical safety is available from:

Government of Newfoundland and Labrador
(709) 729-0907

Prince Edward Island Department of Community and Cultural Affairs
(902) 368-5470

Nova Scotia Department of Environment and Labour
(902) 424-8018

New Brunswick - Department of Public Safety
(506) 444-5185

Quebec - Regie du batiment du Quebec
(514) 864-2903

Ontario - Electrical Safety Authority

Manitoba Hydro
(204) 992-7501

City of Winnipeg
(204) 986-5258

Saskatchewan - SaskPower
(306) 566-2518

Alberta Municipal Affairs
(780) 644-5687

City of Calgary
(403) 268-2113

British Columbia Safety Authority

City of Vancouver
(604) 873-7561

Government of Nunavut Community & Government Services
(867) 975-5448

Government of the North West Territories
(867) 873-7461

Government of the Yukon
(867) 667-5485

You may also contact your regional Health Canada Product Safety office, toll free, at 1-866-662-0666 or by e-mail at (please indicate the province or territory from which you are corresponding).

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