Date
21 September 2017
A cheerful sight in Beijing this Christmas, but are those lights all safe? Photo: Reuters
A cheerful sight in Beijing this Christmas, but are those lights all safe? Photo: Reuters

Wary Christmas: China watchdog warns of risky lights

It could come as a shock to some, but danger may lurk beneath the festive decorations this Christmas, China’s quality control watchdog warns. 

A test of 40 batches of Christmas lights found more than 80 percent were a shock hazard and more than a third did not comply with fire safety rules, the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine said in a statement Wednesday, Reuters said in a report.

“With Christmas upon us, there are lots of lights coming onto the market. The lights are often twisted around branches and surrounded by Christmas ornaments, electric cables and other flammable materials,” the regulator said.

It said consumers should carefully check that products are heat- and fire-resistant and labeled properly by the manufacturer.

“Kids and others can easily reach the lights, and if there’s a spark of electricity, then fires can break out, causing harm to the safety of people and property,” it said.

China is a big exporter of Christmas lights and decorations, selling them around the world.

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