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DTI: Proper use of certified Christmas lights is key to safety

DTI: Proper use of certified Christmas lights is key to safety

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) continuously reminds consumers to purchase only certified Christmas lights as they beef up their celebration of the holiday season.

DTI- Consumer Protection Group (DTI-CPG) Usec. Atty. Teodoro Pascua reminds the public to be extra careful and to thoroughly inspect Christmas lights before buying them so as to reduce, if not eliminate, the risk of accidents to their families.

“The DTI advises the buying public to buy only those Christmas lights that are certified. For safety, always look for the Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) sticker or the printed Philippine Standard (PS) mark when purchasing these Christmas lights,” Usec. Pascua stressed.

The DTI-Bureau of Philippine Standards (DTI-BPS) regulates Christmas lights and 71 other critical products under its mandatory product certification scheme that include electrical and electronic products, mechanical, building and construction materials, and, chemical and consumer products

Under the DTI-BPS Product Certification Scheme that is based on the Department Administrative Orders 04:2008 and 05:2008, manufacturers and importers shall secure an ICC or PS license prior to the sale and distribution of their products in the market. When a manufacturer or importer complies with the process and product requirements, only then that BPS issues the ICC or PS mark for the sale of the product.

Consumers are also encouraged to look for proper markings and labelings on the packaging of the Christmas lights. These labels include: supplier’s/distributors name, address and trademark; 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 standard used – PNS 189:2000; country of origin; and the ICC mark in hologram format and/or PS Mark

The DTI-BPS also reminds the general public on the proper use of Christmas lights. DTI-BPS Officer-in-Charge Atty. Marimel D. Porciuncula emphasizes, “The PS and ICC marks are safeguards to ensure that we buy high quality Christmas lights. But we also urge the public to use the product properly by reading and following the instructions carefully that include: avoid using indoor Christmas lights at outdoors; not to attach more than the recommended three (3) sets of Christmas lights; and to unplug the product when not in use.”

As of 13 December 2016, the DTI-BPS issued the ICC certificate to 27 importers of Christmas lights with their 39 brands; and the PS license to one (1) manufacturer.

The DTI alerts consumers to buy only the following brands of Christmas lights from importers that have passed the requirements of the PNS:

ICC CERTIFICATE HOLDERS

BRAND

Cargoaid Import Services

CRATO

Chrismore Trading

LUCK DEER / NORTHSTAR

Cornerstone Diversified Goods & Trading, Inc.

METRO LIVING

DSL Gam Enterprises

DSL GAM

Global Luck Trading and Commercial Services, Inc

J. HOFERT CO.

Golden Seasons Corporation

GOLDEN SEASONS

Great Circles Trading

AKO

Highest Regard Enterprises

MABUHAY STAR

Ikhea Lightings, Inc.

E.T.

Indiglobal, Inc.

AURALED

Madison International Sales

LAMPE

Magdamed Trading

JF

MPMR Trading

APOLLO

Morning Glory Company, Inc.

MAX / BRYT

Odyssea Movers Trading

MABUHAY STAR

P & J Multitrade Venture, Inc.

ANDREWS

Perfect Home Living Ventures Company

PERFECT HOLIDAY COLLECTION /

SPARKLE BY PERFECT HOME / FESTIVAL BY PERFECT HOME/ SPARKLE & FESTIVAL BY PERFECT HOME

Pinecrest Enterprises

GOLDCREST /

PINECREST

Quidan Trading

JF

Rockport Patterson Market Supply, Inc.

MEMBER SELECTION

Seacat Enterprises

MABUHAY STAR

Sharp Dream General Merchandise

YS

Sheratone Industries, Inc.

FUJI BRIGHT / ECO BRIGHT

Shining East Marketing Corporation

YULETIDE FANTASY / THE MAGIC OF LIGHTS / SEASON OF LIGHTS / SUPER BRIGHT / MILLENNNIUM LIGHTS / MERRY LIGHTS / XMAS LITES / THE JOY OF LIGHTS / LIGHTS & SHINE / HAWAII LIGHTS / CHRISTMAS STAR / SHINING STAR

Traxex Trading

AKO

Zypheur Enterprises

HQE

PS LICENSE HOLDER

BRAND

Linhai Xiulong Decorative Lighting Co., Ltd. (Local Distributor: 3U Commercial)

AKO

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