DTI warns public to be vigilant on Xmas lights PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 26 November 2011 18:11

With Christmas just around the corner, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) reiterates to consumers to only buy Christmas lights that bear the Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) mark to ensure a hazard-free holiday festivity.

DTI-Consumer Welfare and Business Regulation Group (CWBRG) Undersecretary Zenaida C. Maglaya emphasizes, “DTI alerts the public to be vigilant and extra cautious in choosing the Christmas lights they buy and adorn in their homes so as not to put the lives of their loved ones in danger.”

“Only those sets of Christmas lights with the ICC mark sticker have passed DTI’s mandatory safety tests, thus these products are safe and reliable to use,” stresses Maglaya.

DTI regulates the sale of Christmas lights in the local market to protect consumers from the hazards posed by substandard products such as electric snock and overheating that often lead to fire, property damage, and even loss of lives.

Under the DTI-Bureau of Product Standards (.BPS) Product Certification Scheme that is based on the Department Administrative Order 05:2008, all importers of Christmas lights shall secure an ICC certificate, prior to the sale and distribution of their products in the local market. Only those whose products have successfully complied with the requirements based on the Philippine National Standard on Christmas lights (PNS189:2000) are appropriately issued with the ICC Certificate and are allowed to affix the ICC stickers on their products or product packages.

DTI-BPS Officer-in-Charge Carmencita B. Magno underscores, “The ICC mark is in sticker form and comes with a unique serial number. Those sets of Christmas lights with pre-printed ICC mark on its package are definitely uncertified and did not undergo proper tests and inspections of the Department.”

QIC Magno explains, “Other import labe’s flint consumers should check on the package of Christmas lights are the manufactur-’-i’s/supplier’s/distributor’s name, address and trademark or brand, rated voltage and rated wattage of the set; rated voltage and rated wattage of the lamp; the words, “For indoor use only”; the number of this standard (PNS 189:2000); and the batch/lot number or bar code.”

Maglaya added that to further guide consumers on the proper use of the product, each set of Christmas lights should have suitable warning such as, “do not cascade/attach more than three (3) sets of Christmas lights to avoid overloading”, “disconnect from supply before removing or inserting any lamp”, “avoid damage to wire”, “busted lamps must be replaced immediately by lamps of the same.