Electrical products are required to meet strict safety standards for the simple reason that, without these safety precautions, they may injure or kill users. The SABS approves all electrical necessities that you should use in your home or office.
Assets, such as buildings and other possessions, are also at risk however, the purpose of the regulations is to protect users. These precautions are embodied in the various clauses of Technical Standards and conforming to these standards often requires specialised materials: specially selected metals and metal coatings; strict manufacturing processes including testing; and ongoing proof of conformance.
All in all, these measures add to the cost, even for a relatively simple product, such as a plug, for example.
Significant differences between prices of products offered should be a warning sign. Low prices might mean compromised quality and reduced safety and this has often proved to be the case. The location where the products are sold, combined with low prices may also be a warning of possible sub-standard quality.
- Buy from reputable suppliers and outlets.
- Beware of copies of prominent brands.
- Be suspicious of prices substantially lower than other, similar products or services on offer.
- Try to contact the seller’s supplier and judge responses critically.
- Be wary of suspect installations or of Certificates of Compliance (CoCs) that are issued too easily.
- Ask the supplier to prove compliance with regulations and NRCS approval.
- Look for certification marks such as SABS, VDE and UL.
- Beware of fraudulent use of well-known marks, such as the SABS mark.
- BUY KNOWN AND TRUSTED BRANDS!
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