DTI alerts the public in Mindoro of uncertified Christmas lights

POSTED: Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

CALAPAN CITY – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-Oriental Mindoro Provincial Office is now alerting the public to purchase and to use only sets of Christmas lights that bear the Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) marks for proper performance of the product and safer Christmas festivities.

DTI Oriental Mindoro Provincial Director Oscar M. Agbay has advised the public to always look for the ICC sticker either on the wire or on the package of the Christmas lights to ensure that the product has passed safety tests.

Agbay said the DTI has only allowed the distribution and sale of sets of Christmas lights with the ICC Certificates issued from 2011 to 2013 and that the public has to look and examine this on the ICC stickers before purchasing the products.

“The buying public must also check the name, address and trademark of the importer or the distributor of the Christmas lights. This is to easily track the distributor for possible complaints,” Agbay said.

In their advocacy regarding the use of Christmas lights, Agbay also advised the public to carefully inspect the plug and wires of the lighting set for brittle and dented parts as the insulation material made of PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) plastic deteriorates over time.

“The recommended usability period for Christmas lights is three years,” Agbay added.

Meanwhile, the public is also advised not to cascade or attach more than three sets of Christmas lights to avoid overloading. In case of a busted lamp in the Christmas lights set, disconnect first from power supply before removing or inserting or replacing any lamp, and must be replaced immediately by lamps of the same rated voltage and wattage to avoid risk of overheating.

The public should avoid damage to wire and avoid leaving Christmas lights plugged on overnight or unattended. (By JUANCHO R. MAHUSAY)

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