The public were reminded to buy only electrical lights that are certified by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).
DTI-6 Director Rebecca M. Rascon said the items with the Philippine Standard (PS) or Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) mark “passed our standards” and are safe to use.
“The products without the mark are substandard and may result in fires due to electrical malfunctions,” she added.
Rascon noted the presence of several supermarkets that have mushroomed in the metropolis and even in the nearby towns providing a lot of choices to the consumers.
“Before buying, survey first. We have all the choices where to buy,” she said.
Meanwhile, Rascon advised those who will reuse their last year’s Christmas lights to “carefully inspect the plug and wires of the lighting set for brittle and dented parts as the insulation material made of polyvinyl chloride plastic deteriorates over time.
The recommended usability period for Christmas lights is three years.IMT