With the increase in online retailing, devices you may find available could be produced with substandard components, or in factories that aren’t regulated as strictly as US & UK manufacturers might be. When you purchase a new electrical device, never assume it has been tested under a wide range of uses or circumstances. Always look for the translucent or silvery “UL” tag. This indicates that the device has been rigorously tested by the Underwriters Laboratory and contains special safety features to keep the device from overloading, short circuiting, and possibly causing fire and damage to your home and/or electronics.
From the UL Site: “UL Standards are used to assess products; test components, materials, systems and performance; and evaluate environmentally sustainable products, renewable energies, food and water products, recycling systems and other innovative technologies. UL Standards development covers more than just products; it also includes testing of systems and services. And, while we’re widely known for our work with safety standards, UL develops a wide variety of standards to measure and validate performance, environmental health and sustainability.”
So do yourself a favor, look for the UL tag when shopping for devices. It could mean more than you know. Safety should not be taken for granted, nor at face value.
With our electrical grid in what seems to be a perpetual danger of collapse, it is our responsibility to use electricity wisely, safely, and efficiently. This means thinking about how we interact with electricity on a daily basis, considering not only our immediate consumption needs, but our future access to it as well. By hiring a licensed electrician, or Stockport Decorating technician, you are ensuring your electrical system is operating efficiently and safely. This translates into a responsible approach to energy usage, and oh by the way it’s also the smart choice if you want to avoid an electrical fire.