Electrical Safety Authority Warns of Certain Unapproved Electrical Products Sold by Wholesale Innovations

The Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) is notifying the public about certain unapproved electrical products sold in Ontario by Wholesale Innovations.

These electrical products are unapproved, have not been tested for compliance with any Canadian Safety Standards and do not bear any recognized Canadian certification marks.

  • Name of Product: Various appliances, including, but not limited to
    • food dehydrators 
    • portable heaters
    • air purifiers
    • ozone generators 
    • soldering stations
  • Sold by: Wholesale Innovations at their location in Pickering, ON and, allegedly, online on eBay.
  • Seller: Wholesale Innovations, 1800 Ironstone Manor, Unit 3, Pickering, ON, L1W 3W9
  • Manufactured in: unknown
  • Sold before: December 2019
  • Incidents/Injuries: None reported

Remedy: End users should check markings on the products and make sure the products have recognized certification marks. If no recognized certification mark(s) is found, such products should be unplugged immediately and users should stop using them.

Recognized certification marks: View the list of recognized marks.

Here are pictures of some of the unapproved electrical products:

Air Purifier showing label with voltage and model information

 

Two samples of Air Purifiers

 

Air Purifier showing label wth voltage and model information

 

Front of a commercial air purifier

 

ozone generators close up

ozone generators with wiring exposed

 

 

How To Report Unsafe Electrical Products: 

  • ESA is aware that generators exist in the marketplace and are offered for sale. When reported, suppliers within ESA’s jurisdiction will be contacted.  Consumers / hobbyists are encouraged to contact ESA at 1877-ESA-SAFE or complete the online Product Safety Reporting Form.
  • Lichtenberg generators may have counterfeit electrical safety approval labels applied to them to falsely indicate that they are safe.  Should you find a generator that appears to have a certification or approval mark do not purchase or use it and please contact ESA or Health Canada immediately with the supplier details.

The disassembling of products such as a microwave oven and / or similar devices or appliances with the purpose of removing the high voltage transformer and other parts to build these generators are in breach of Ontario Regulation 438/07 Product Safety and 164/99 Ontario Electrical Safety Code.  Please be advised that a person or company in Ontario that contravenes the foregoing Regulation may be prosecuted and upon conviction subject to fines up to $50,000 and / or one year imprisonment.