Electrical safety should ALWAYS be the ultimate deal breaker!
EVERY ELECTRICAL PRODUCT YOU BUY MUST BE SAA APPROVED.
Have you ever come across the term ‘SAA Approved’ in electrical homeware descriptions? It’s a significant selling point, especially for LED bathroom lighting. Unfortunately, many end-users overlook its importance.
For most consumers, product cost is the prioritised when making a purchase decision. You may whether they can find a cheaper LED mirror elsewhere, or opt for another brand with a lower price point. Unfortunately, a lot of the time with things like this, you do get what you pay for. Many users lack the knowledge to scrutinise a product, making it easy for dodgy products and brands without the correct safety certificates to go unnoticed.
So, to address this issue, we explain why knowledge on ‘SAA Approval’ is a critical advantage when purchasing the best and safest electrical product for your home.
WHAT IS SAA APPROVAL?
According to SAA Approvals website, “SAA Approvals is accredited by the Joint Accreditation Service of Australia and New Zealand (JAS-ANZ). [The JAS-ANZ] are a certification body to issue ‘Certificates of Approval for declared and non-declared electrical equipment’ that has proven to comply with the safety requirements of the applicable Australian Standard.”
For an electrical product to lawfully be sold in Australia and NZ, SAA Certification is a requirement. A product with a SAA certificate is safe, and should be considered over any other option on the market.
Furthermore, other international approvals will not suffice; an electrical product sold in Australia must specifically be SAA Approved. According to SAA Approvals, “Australia has an independent requirement for Approval Certification. All electrical products must be covered by an SAA certificate and be labelled in an appropriate way to show this.”
Products approved in another country, but not Australia may not be compliant with SAA Standards and should be avoided.
ANY PRODUCT APPROVED BY ANOTHER COUNTRY & NOT AUSTRALIA, MAY NOT BE COMPLIANT TO AUSTRALIAN ELECTRICAL SAFETY STANDARDS.
DANGERS OF PURCHASING A LED BATHROOM MIRROR THAT IS NOT COMPLIANT WITH AUSTRALIAN ELECTRICAL SAFETY STANDARDS:
From an early age, we’re all taught about the serious risks that come with electricity. Emphasising the importance of safe usage for electric devices, plugs, and live electricity. Yet, there are times when we might underestimate these risks, not due to ignorance but because danger was never anticipated.
An uncertified product could conceal defective wiring which, according to Platinum Electricians, can “increase the chance of fire, power surges, arc faults and other serious consequences.” These high-risk scenarios can easily be avoided by purchasing a product with the proper SAA certificate. Doing so ensures your electrical appliance is safe and you can sleep easy knowing so.
Ultimately, all you need to do as a consumer is ask the important question; “does this product have SAA Approval?” If it does, you have found a winner! If it doesn’t, keep on looking. Electrical safety should ALWAYS be the ultimate deal-breaker, and investing a little more to guarantee you have a legally approved product is certainly well worth your money.