Eaton Encourages Dialogue About Counterfeit Electrical Products

Eaton Encourages Dialogue About Counterfeit Electrical Products

PITTSBURGH — Power management company Eaton joined with the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) to encourage workplaces in the electrical industry to join the dialogue about counterfeit electrical products during National Electrical Safety Month this May. The educational collaboration is part of an ongoing effort to build understanding and awareness of the danger and economic risks posed by counterfeit electrical products in residential and industrial settings.

The program encourages workplaces in the electrical industry to learn about and join the dialogue surrounding counterfeit products. Campaign resources include an illustrated fact sheet, intended to be shared in the workplace, which provides members of the electrical industry with tips to properly identify, avoid and report counterfeit electrical products.

“Education has been shown to make an impact while addressing the important issue of counterfeit electrical products and can help save lives and prevent injuries and property damage,” said Brett Brenner, president, ESFI. “For many years, Eaton has taken a leadership role in educating the public about dangerous counterfeit electrical products that make their way into our homes, businesses and public institutions every day. We look forward to growing our collaboration efforts as ESFI expands its anti-counterfeiting initiatives.”

This is the third consecutive year Eaton and ESFI have used National Electrical Safety Month as an educational opportunity.

“Electrical safety is a critical component of Eaton’s power management mission and our anti-counterfeiting initiative is an important part of this effort,” said Tom Grace, brand protection manager, Eaton’s Electrical Sector Americas. “While industry surveys show an increase in awareness, the proliferation and sophistication of counterfeiters is also increasing.”

Eaton and ESFI will collaborate through social media efforts to share electrical safety tips and facts, including the dangers of counterfeit electrical products and how to identify, avoid and report such products. Follow the conversation on Twitter using the #anticounterfeit and #NESM2015 hashtags.

For ESFI’s complete collection of National Safety Month resources, visit

Eaton and its electrical business are committed to stopping counterfeiting of electrical products worldwide and to anti-counterfeiting technologies and programs. For additional information about the dangers counterfeit electrical products, please visit Eaton’s site at

The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) sponsors National Electrical Safety Month each May to increase public awareness of the electrical hazards around us at home, work, school and play. ESFI’s anti-counterfeiting efforts include Zero Tolerance for Counterfeits, a national public awareness campaign, the DVD feature, “Counterfeits Can Kill,” and an ongoing series of anti-counterfeiting webinars. ESFI is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated exclusively to promoting electrical safety. For more information about ESFI and electrical safety, visit


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