Counterfeit extension cords pose fire hazard

A safety alert regarding counterfeit indoor extension cords that pose a potential electric shock and fire hazard was issued Friday by the Canadian Standards Association and Encore Sales.

The 1.5-metre cords have been stamped with a counterfeit CSA International trademark. Consumers should stop using the cords immediately and return them to the point of purchase for a refund.

CSA International investigators found the extension cords were wired incorrectly. No associated incidents or injuries have been reported. Encore Sales imported the cords from China and distributed them across Canada.

A blue label wrapped around the cord near the plug reads: "Ningbo Yunhuan Electronics Group Corp., LL110595, 13A, 125V, 1625W, Cord Set."

For more information, contact Encore Sales at 905-738-8888.