DTI warns consumers on Christmas lights PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 21 November 2015 13:14

By GYVER D. AMAZON

With the Christmas season just around the corner, the Department of Trade and Industry – Zamboanga City Office (DTI-ZCO) reiterates its call to consumers to steer clear of substandard and uncertified Christmas lights.

“These uncertified and substandard Christmas lights may be cheaper, but they are potential hazards which can lead to fire, damage to properties, and even loss of lives,” warned DTI-ZCO Provincial Director Engr. Rolando G. Acuña.

To safeguard us from these hazards, Engr. Acuña reminded the public to only buy Christmas lights which bear the Philippine Standard (PS) marks for locally-made products and Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) mark for imported ones.

“Christmas lights which do not bear these product certification marks have not undergone rigorous product testing done by the DTI - Bureau of Product Standards and are therefore potential hazards,” added Engr. Acuña.

DTI likewise warns retailers from selling substandard and uncertified Christmas lights. Those who will be caught will be charged with violation of Republic Act No. 4109 otherwise known as the Product Standards Law which prohibits the distribution and sale of products under mandatory standards without ICC or PS marks.

During this month’s monitoring and inspection done on department stores in the city, one store was caught selling uncertified Christmas lights. If proven to have violated the Standards Law, it will be meted with the applicable penalties under the same law.

DTI will continue to regulate businesses and conduct monitoring and inspection in the coming days to ensure compliance to the Product Standards Laws.

DTI likewise alerts consumers to remain cautious and vigilant against uncertified products and to always look for product certification marks on wiring and electrical devices, especially Christmas lights.