Check all Christmas lights before you hang them – check for any cords that have breaks in the plastic or are frayed and throw those lights away. Consider replacing older style bulbs with LED lights because they stay cooler and are less of a fire hazard. There have been several recalls issued for Christmas lights this season. Please check information below and www.healthycanadians.gc.ca for updated recalls before using your lights this season.
RECALL: Canadian Tire is recalling the “Holiday Collection” line of indoor and outdoor Christmas light strings due to safety concerns. They are manufactured by Taizhou Hongpeng Colour Lanterns. In a news release, Canadian Tire said these lights “may pose a fire and shock hazard.”
They include products manufactured after Spring of 2015 and sold between August 1 and November 30.
Affected customers are advised to stop using these products immediately and return them to any Canadian Tire store for refund.
Left is a list of the specific items being recalled:
RECALL: Health Canada has issued a recall for all seasonal lights produced by Taizhou Hongpeng Colour Lanterns or Ningbo EGO International Co. Ltd., due to “a number of incident reports” concerning their products. The lights are manufactured in China and sold widely in Canada under various labels, at retailers such as Michaels, Loblaws and Wal-Mart. Lights affected by the recall are typically sold under North American labels, such as Michaels’ CELEBRATE IT lights and Wal-Mart’s Holiday Time lights. Check your product’s CSA number to determine if it is affected. The recall applies to holiday lights with CSA file numbers 241989 and 263917.
RECALL: Dollarama recalls Christmas Light 50 Miniature Straight Line Indoor Light Set. The affected product has a length of approximately 3 meters (10 feet), has clear or colored bulbs and a green wire. The recalled product is identified by model number I-50, CSA file number 224823, Dollarama item number 09-3039962 and UPC 667888205394. Consumers are able to locate the model number and CSA file number on the white tag affixed to the wire and the Dollarama item number and UPC on the product’s packaging.
Health Canada's sampling and evaluation program has determined that the Christmas Light 50 Miniature Straight Line Indoor Light Set may pose an overheating and fire hazard.
For more information, consumers may contact Dollarama online by clicking on "Contact Us" or by calling 1-888-755-1006, extension 1000, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.