BFP keeps eye on substandard Christmas lights


Posted at Nov 10 2012 03:34 PM | Updated as of Nov 11 2012 06:28 AM

MANILA, Philippines – City fire marshals have been directed to keep an eye on establishments selling substandard Christmas lights, the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) said.

Chief Supt. Santiago Laguna, BFP-National Capital Region director, said he wants to make sure Christmas lights that are being sold in stores have an Import Commodity Clearance (ICC).

The ICC mark indicates that the product complies with the safety and quality standards issued by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-Bureau of Product Standards.

DTI earlier said that retailers who sell substandard Christmas lights may face charges for violation of fair trade laws.

Laguna, meanwhile, reminded the public to avoid burning gift wrappers and boxes, and be cautious when lighting decorative candles to prevent any untoward incident. -- Report from Robert Mano, dzMM