ZAMBOANGA CITY — The Department of Trade and Industry in Region 9 (DTI) has strengthened its monitoring against the sale of sub-standard decorations, especially Christmas lights, as the yuletide season nears.
Rowena Divinagracia, DTI Regional Consumer and Protection Division chief, said Tuesday they are regularly conducting inspections in different stores and bazaars to ensure Christmas lights and other similar decorations being sold are with warranty certificates.
Divinagracia said they have ordered the removal of sub-standard Christmas lights from the shelves of a store since the product do not have the Philippine Standard (PS) or Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) stickers.
“The store owner is trying to sell the Christmas lights that they were not able to sell last year since these doesn’t have the PS and ICC stickers,” Divinagracia said.
She advised the consumers to look for the PS or ICC stickers or marks when they buy Christmas lights as the sub-standard ones may ignite and cause fire.
Meanwhile, the Bureau of Fire and Protection has warned the public to refrain from using “octopus connection” in installing the Christmas lights to prevent fires.
Capt. Douglas Zabala also asked the public not to connect more than two sets of Christmas lights in one outlet to prevent voltage overload that may also trigger fires. (PNA)
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