Keep your homes safe from fire with a quality fire extinguisher.

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Northern Mindanao is encouraging consumers to secure a certified fire extinguisher as a precaution to lessen the chances of fire in the household as the agency joins the observance of March as Fire Prevention Month in the Philippines. A fire extinguisher is a handy, fire protection device used to control or extinguish small fires in emergency situations.

DTI- Bureau of Philippine Standards (DTI-BPS) regulates critical products like fire extinguisher under its list of products for mandatory product certification scheme. This is to ensure that only safe, quality, and certified products are sold in the market.

The PS license or ICC Certificate are the consumer’s guide in assuring that products purchased are certified quality and safe according to the relevant Philippine National Standards (PNS).

Manufacturers and importers of portable fire extinguishers are required to apply for the Philippine Standard (PS) License and Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) and subject their products to tests based on the requirement of relevant Philippine National Standard (PNS) at the BPS Testing Center or a DTI-accredited laboratory.

Only manufacturers and importers whose product comply with the PNS requirements are issued with a PS license or ICC Certificate and are authorized to place PS or ICC marks in their products. This is to guide customers in identifying reliable and safe products from inferior or substandard products.

Aside from checking the PS license or ICC Certificate, consumers must also know the different types of fire extinguishers and their use.

Customers are also encouraged to look for labelings on the packaging of fire extinguishers. These labels include: name and address of manufacturer/refiller; registered trademark or brand name; type of extinguishing agent (e.g. Dry Chemical); actual capacity of the extinguisher in terms of mass of extinguishing medium in kg; gross weight when fully charged; instructions for operation; test pressure in megapascals (MPa); working pressure in kilopascals (kPA); the words “Recharge After Use” and “Dangerous to use other than the recommended and legible instructions for recharging”; country of manufacture; year of manufacture; and the PS/ICC mark.

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