Health Canada: Chinese Company's Holiday Lights Pose Shock, Fire Hazards

A brand of Chinese-made holiday lights puts Canadians and their homes at risk, according to Health Canada. Overheating, electric shock and fire are among the dangers associated with strands made by Taizhou Hongpeng Colour Lanters. Health Canada urges everyone to stop using lights made by the foreign company and return them to stores until more is known.  

The Chinese manufacturer recently recalled defective products, but neither they nor Health Canada knows exactly how many strands are affected. There's also no existing timeframe of when the malfunctioning products were sold.

For now, the agency advises consumers to play it safe and cease using all seasonal lights from the manufacturer for the moment. Health Canada confirmed two specific models that pose substantial risk. Strands with a Manufacturer’s Product Identification label reading 241989 or 263917 are known to be defective. The product numbers can be found on individual strands. 

Visit www.HealthyCandadians.com and click on the tabs for “Recalls & Alerts” for more information and updates as they become available.