OTTAWA, Nov. 13, 2015 /CNW/ -
Health Canada is warning consumers of defects with some seasonal lights that may pose potential safety risks.
Health Canada initiated a national sampling and evaluation project to test seasonal lights due to a number of incident reports received by the department. Testing by Health Canada has shown hazards in several products including overheating, as well as the risk of fire and electric shock.
The following products are affected. Health Canada will update this list if there are additional recalls or communications related to the seasonal lights sampling project.
What you should do:
Consumers who have any of the products identified should stop using these products immediately.
Consumers should be aware of the potential risks associated with the use of the affected seasonal lights and keep checking the Healthy Canadians Recalls and Safety Alerts Database for additional recalls or alerts. Follow the directions in each notice as they may vary for each recall or alert.
Always read and follow the warning labels on all products, including seasonal light products. For more information on Holiday Safety, visit the Healthy Canadians website.
What Health Canada is doing:
Health Canada is seeking further information about products from the responsible companies as required. The chart above will be updated with links to any additional communications and recall notices that may be issued.
All affected products display CSA certification marks. Health Canada has contacted the CSA Group, which has advised that it is engaged in an active ongoing investigation of seasonal lighting. CSA Group has a zero tolerance policy for the misuse of its marks. For more information, please contact the CSA Group.
In Canada, industry is responsible for ensuring the safety of the products they sell. The Canada Consumer Product Safety Act prohibits the manufacture, importation, advertisement or sale of a consumer product that poses a danger to human health or safety.
Health Canada continues to demonstrate its ongoing commitment to help protect Canadians from potentially dangerous consumer products. Health Canada regularly tests consumer products on the Canadian market and will continue to monitor products to help keep consumers safe.
Report health or safety concerns:
If you experience a health or safety problem with any product that you use, report it to Health Canada and to the manufacturer or the retailer where it was bought.
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SOURCE Health Canada
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