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ConsumerMan: Are holiday lights a hazard?
Counterfeit electronics pose a safety threat, especially around the holidays
By Herb Weisbaum
updated 4:11 p.m. ET, Wed., Dec . 2, 2009
All counterfeit products are illegal. But counterfeit electronics are not just illegal, they are dangerous.
“These things can kill you,” says Brett Brenner, president of the Electrical Safety Foundation, an industry-funded organization based in Roslyn, Va. "A counterfeit purse or a CD isn't going to hurt you. But a counterfeit electrical product will hurt you.”
The danger with these copy cat electrical items isn’t obvious. In many cases they look just like the original. But because they are not made to the same standards and are not tested for safety, they might start a fire or electrocute someone.