EDITORIAL| A bright and safe Christmas

THE LIGHTING of Christmas trees and decors usher the yuletide season. The sparkle and dazzle of Christmas lights which we string around posts, gates, shrubs and wherever our fancy takes us brighten the night skies. But before we even start stringing the lights, we should be extra careful in using Christmas lights lest we spend the season in misery.

The Department of Trade and Industry’s Bureau of Product Standards (DTIBPS) has issued every year a warning for buyers to purchase only sets of Christmas lights that bear the Philippine Standard (PS) and Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) marks from the market for safety.

While it is obviously tempting to purchase cheap Christmas lights to make our homes cheery, it is prudent to take into account what the DTI has to say. Christmas lights like most products in the market, is a DTI regulated product. Under the DTI-BPS’ Product Certification Scheme, a product that is covered by the mandatory certification is subject to a series of tests according to a relevant Philippine National Standard (PNS) or a foreign standard at the BPS Testing Center or any BPS-recognized laboratory, before it is distributed or sold.

When a product successfully passes the standard requirements, the DTI-BPS issues the Philippine Standard (PS) License to a manufacturer and the Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) to an importer. The PS and ICC mark are then stamped on the packages of Christmas lights.

Christmas lights without the PS or ICC mark are products that pose danger to its users and may not satisfy the four mandatory requirements for safety, namely: all pressure, torque, temperature rise, and wire tests, which may bring electric shock and overheating that leads to fire.

If we want our Christmas to be merry and bright, let’s be wise and use safe lights.

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