By Chito Chavez
As people start to decorate their homes for Christmas, Quezon City authorities warned the public against using defective lights and purchasing toys containing harmful chemicals.
Councilors Allan Francisco and Victor Ferrer Jr. agreed there is an urgent need for city hall personnel to conduct a massive information campaign in the city’s 142 barangays on the dangers of purchasing sub-standard Christmas decors and hazardous chemical-laced gifts.
They said sub-standard lighting fixtures can either overheat or simply short circuit causing deadly fires.
Ferrer urged the public to hire the services of a professional electrician before installing any electrical decorations in their residence to ensure their safety.
He also warned the public against plugging Christmas lights and decors into “octopus lines” or multiple links, saying that these are fire hazards “since they tend to overheat.”
“It may turn disastrous due to negligence if any untoward incident happens,” Ferrer said.
For his part, Francisco renewed his call for the public not to leave Christmas lights switched on overnight as a precautionary measure against preventing fires.
In cases of buying toys as gifts, Francisco warned the public “not to be enticed or lured by overly discounted items as they may contain harmful toxic materials.”
He suggested that shoppers make a list of the names of harmful materials found in toys, adding that it won’t hurt if one judiciously examines the labels of items before buying.
“We just have to exert additional effort to at least minimize the chances of us being poisoned or being victims of disasters that should have been avoided,” Francisco said.
When buying electrical or electronic items, Francisco said “consumers should check for the Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) seals for their safety.”