Refrain from buying fake Christmas lights – BFP-6

Apart from the traditional "parol" or Filipino Christmas star, Filipinos love decorating their homes with twinkling string lights during the Holiday season.

While the celebration of Christmas this year would be a lot less lavish than usual with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic still very much in our midst, trust Filipinos to still insist on a bright Yuletide atmosphere. And what better way to do just that than to illuminate one’s home with all kinds of bright lights?

This is why with 26 days more before Christmas, the Bureau of Fire Protection in Region 6 is reminding the public yet again to be cautious with the kind of lights they buy and to stay away from non-certified products that could result in conflagrations this holiday season.

According to BFP-6 director S/Supt. Jerry Candido, it is much safer to buy only Christmas lights that have the Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) sticker, which ensures they have undergone standard product testing and certification, and are not fake.

Candido added that while Christmas lights that have the ICC mark are more expensive than those without, the public can be assured that they are much safer to use.

He said BFP personnel are also conducting information dissemination rounds five days a week in different municipalities in the region to educate the public on the proper things to do to avoid fires.

In addition, they have engaged in a massive information campaign on social media via their Facebook page through the use of infographics which netizens can easily read and understand.

Simultaneously, Candido advises BFP-6 personnel to always be on high alert in order to respond to fire calls promptly especially this holiday season when the chances of fires increase./(N. Glenn Aragon/INews)

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