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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

DTI Bicol: Ensure safety; buy ICC-marked Christmas lights

LEGAZPI CITY, Nov 10 (PIA) – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Bicol again reminds consumers to buy Christmas lights with Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) mark to ensure safer festivities this coming Christmas season.

“Only those sets of Christmas lights with ICC stickers have passed DTI’s mandatory safety tests, thus these products are safe and reliable to use,” DTI Bicol Regional Director Jocelyn Blanco said.

Blanco alerts the public to be vigilant and extra cautious in choosing and buying Christmas lights products to adorn their homes so as not to put the lives of their loved ones in danger.

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

Blanco explained that under the DTI-Bureau of Philippine Standards (BPS) Product Certification Scheme that is based on the Department Administrative Order (DAO) 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 complied with the requirements based on the Philippine National Standard on Christmas lights (PNS 189:2000) are appropriately issued with the ICC Certificate and are allowed to affix the ICC stickers on their products or product packages.

 “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,” she stressed.

Blanco also urged consumers to report stores selling Christmas lights without ICC stickers to DTI Regional Office at Tel. No. 4805721 or to the nearest DTI Provincial Office.(SAA/DTI5-PIA5/Albay)

 - See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/2571447139555/dti-bicol-ensure-safety-buy-icc-marked-christmas-lights#sthash.JnKc8cnw.dpuf

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