Fakes and Fire Safety

By Elizabeth Bellaver

Eaton has an interesting video/infographic on Fire Safety – 4 Things You Should Know About Counterfeits – that they were sharing earlier this month as a back to school “primer” for educational institutions.

As the world’s largest supplier of labels to UL, and a company with expertise in the anti-counterfeiting marketing, we thought that sharing this information on our blog would be of value.  In doing a bit more research, we were reminded that the week of October 4 – 10 is Fire Prevention Week.  So this post is doing double duty – a reminder to be aware of the hazards/threats posed by counterfeit goods, and some basic Fire Prevention and Safety steps that you can take to safeguard your family.

Thanks to Eaton, the National Fire Protection Association, U.S. Fire Administration, Consumer Product Safety Commission, and the Electrical Safety Foundation International for safety checklists and useful information.



Did You Know?

From the NFPA: “Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, the tragic 1871 conflagration that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres. The fire began on October 8, but continued into and did most of its damage on October 9, 1871.

While the Great Chicago Fire was the best-known blaze to start during this fiery two-day stretch, it wasn't the biggest. That distinction goes to the Peshtigo Fire, the most devastating forest fire in American history. The fire, which also occurred on October 8th, 1871, and roared through Northeast Wisconsin, burning down 16 towns, killing 1,152 people, and scorching 1.2 million acres before it ended.

It was the small town of Peshtigo, Wisconsin that suffered the worst damage. Within an hour, the entire town had been destroyed.”

I’m pretty sure there’s a lesson in marketing to be learned here [have you ever heard of the “Peshtigo Fire”?], but we’ll just stick with the Fakes and Fire Safety lesson for now.


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