Health Canada warns of potential safety hazards with some seasonal lights

Starting date:
November 13, 2015
Posting date:
November 13, 2015
Type of communication:
Information Update
Subcategory:
Household Items, Tools and Electrical Products
Source of recall:
Health Canada
Issue:
Electrical Hazard, Fire Hazard, Flammability Hazard
Audience:
General Public
Identification number:
RA-55846

Issue

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.

Products affected
Product Hazard Identified Retailer(s)/Importer Date
Life at Home® Indoor M5 Multicolour LED Lights (Set of 70) Overheating and fire hazard. Loblaw Companies Ltd 2015-11-12
Christmas Light 50 Miniature Straight Line Indoor Light Set Overheating and fire hazard. Dollarama 2015-11-13
Halloween 25 Miniature Straight Line Outdoor Light Set Electric shock hazard. Dollarama 2015-11-13
Holiday Time 100 count Indoor Mini Light Set Overheating and fire hazard. Wal-Mart Canada Corp 2015-11-19
Holiday Time Multi-Colour 100 LED C6 Light Set Overheating and fire hazard. Wal-Mart Canada Corp 2015-11-19
MAGI Decor brand white indoor string lights - 100 miniature lights Fire and electric shock hazard. Jean Coutu Group (PJC) Inc. 2015-11-20
CELEBRATE IT™ Christmas Basic Lights 100 Clear Indoor/ Outdoor Light Set Overheating and fire hazard. The Michaels Companies, Inc. 2015-11-24
CELEBRATE IT™ Bright Tidings 50 LED Indoor/Outdoor Light Set Overheating and fire hazard. The Michaels Companies, Inc. 2015-11-24
Danson Decor recalls Danson Decor 100 count Indoor Mini Light Sets Overheating and fire hazard. Danson Decor Inc. 2015-11-25
Expanded Recall: Various Life at Home® brand seasonal lights Electric shock, overheating and/or fire hazard. Loblaw Companies Ltd. 2015-11-25
Various seasonal light and mini light sets Electric shock, overheating and/or fire hazard. Shoppers Drug Mart and Pharmaprix 2015-11-27
All seasonal lights bearing the CSA certification mark file number 241989 or 263917 Electric shock, overheating and/or fire hazard. Various across Canada 2015-11-28
Expanded Recall: Jean Coutu Group (PJC) Inc. recalls various MAGI Decor brand seasonal lights Electric shock, overheating and/or fire hazard. Jean Coutu Group (PJC) Inc. 2015-12-11
Expanded Recall: Wal-Mart Canada Corp. recalls various seasonal lights Overheating and fire hazard. Wal-Mart Canada Corp 2015-12-11
All seasonal lights made by Taizhou Hongpeng Colour Lanterns Co., Ltd. or Ningbo EGO International Co. Ltd. recalled by various Canadian importers Electric shock, overheating and/or fire hazard. Canadian Tire Corporation, CTG Brands Inc., Danson Decor Inc., Dollarama, Home Hardware, Link Product Solutions Ltd., Winnie Paper Inc. 2015-12-11
Sears Canada Inc. recalls WholeHome Noel 70 L.E.D. Lights Electric shock hazard. Sears Canada Inc. 2015-12-17
Expanded Recall: The Michaels Companies, Inc. recalls various CELEBRATE IT™ brand Lights Sets Overheating and fire hazard The Michaels Companies, Inc. 2015-12-18
Expanded Recall: All seasonal lights made by Taizhou Hongpeng Colour Lanterns Co., Ltd. or Ningbo EGO International Co. Ltd. recalled by various Canadian importers Electric shock, overheating and/or fire hazard Danson Decor Inc., CTG Brands Inc., Canadian Tire Corporation, Lowe's Companies Canada, Home Hardware, JYSK Linen 'N Furniture, Dollarama, Winnie Paper Inc., FHC Fields, Le Groupe BMR, Federated Co-operatives Ltd, Giant Tiger Stores Ltd, Shirra Panwest, Truserv Canada, Link Product Solutions Ltd., North West Company      2015-12-18
NexScene LED String Fairy Lights sold across Canada may pose a serious safety risk Electric shock, overheating and/or fire hazard Third party sellers via the Amazon.ca website 2015-12-21
Expanded Recall: Dollarama recalls Christmas 20 LED Light Sets Electric shock, overheating and/or fire hazard. Dollarama 2015-12-22
Various “Holiday Collection” Seasonal Lights Fire and electric shock hazard. Canadian Tire Corporation, Ltd. 2015-12-23
Home Depot of Canada Inc. Recalls Home Accents Holiday 3-Pack Candy Cane Light Stakes Set Electric shock, overheating and/or fire hazard. Home Depot of Canada Inc. 2016-01-15

 

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.

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.


Media enquiries

Health Canada
(613) 957-2983

Public enquiries

(613) 957-2991
1-866 225-0709

CSA Group:
www.csagroup.org
(416) 747-4278

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.