NEW YORK — The Copper Development Association is now offering electrical contractors a ready-to-mail consumer brochure with a 10-question checklist of customer needs.

The folded, preprinted mailer is designed to attract the attention of homeowners with the headline, “Do You Need An Electrician?” Inside is a checklist residents can use to evaluate the state of their home's electrical readiness, along with a second list of questions the homeowner can pose to a potential contractor. The questionnaire includes a convenient consumer-response section to be mailed back to the contractor.

Among the check-off items are typical household electrical situations that beg professional investigation, such as “Do the lights dim when appliances turn on?” and “Have you ever upgraded your electrical service?” Questions to ask the electrician include, “Will I have to apply for a permit?” and, “Can you provide references from other home-owners?” A brief explanation accompanies each check box and question.

The brochures have blank areas suitable for addresses or mailing labels and for the contractor's return address.

No envelope is necessary; however, if mailed, the contractor must supply postage. CDA offers the brochures free to professional contractors and organizations in quantities up to 200 or at a nominal cost for larger quantities.

To order copies of the brochure, call Bill Black at (800) 232-3282 or e-mail him at