By Renée Francoeur
November 18, 2015 – Consumers are reminded to exercise caution when purchasing lights for the upcoming holiday season, as Health Canada is warning of defects with some seasonal lights that may pose potential safety risks, including overheating, as well as fire and electric shock hazards.
Health Canada initiated a national sampling and evaluation project to test seasonal lights due to a number of incident reports received by the department.
The testing led to Dollarama’s recall of its Christmas Light 50 Miniature Straight Line Indoor Light Set, due to an overheating and fire hazard.
About 338,142 light sets were sold in Canada from October 2014 to October 2015. The set runs about 10 ft long, has clear or coloured bulbs, a green wire, and can be identified by model number I-50, CSA file number 224823, Dollarama item number 09-3039962 and UPC 667888205394.
Additionally, Loblaw Companies has recalled its Life at Home indoor M5 multicolour LED (70s) seasonal lights as Health Canada found they may pose an overheating and fire hazard.
About 61 units were sold at Loblaw Companies Ltd banner stores across Canada from September to October 2015. The set has a length of about 23.7 ft, multi-coloured bulbs, a green wire, and is model number HPCAL70CX/2S, manufacturing date 06/2015, CSA file number 241989 and UPC 058703379152.
All of the above products were manufactured in China.
Health Canada says it will update its list if there are additional recalls related to the seasonal lights sampling project.
Consumers are reminded to avoid prices that seem “too good to be true” and stick with trusted name brands when it comes to selecting lights to decorate the home inside and out.