Poor quality neon and tube lighting pose dangers

Numerous fires caused by poor quality lighting fixtures and fittings

Safety of tube lights needs to be tested, says police. Photo: Shutterstock.
Safety of tube lights needs to be tested, says police. Photo: Shutterstock.

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Dubai police has received a number of reports of house house fires being caused by poor quality neon and tube lights.

Expert Ahmad Mohammed Ahmad, head of the Fire Impact Section at the Criminal Investigations Department (CID), said the phenomenon has been recorded starting this year. He has urged the municipality and economic department to carry out studies to investigate why the lights are causing the blazes.

“Previously, we have never had accidents caused by this type of fire, but they increased with the proliferation of such equipment in the market,” he pointed out.

Ahmad said many of these lights are made of low-quality and combustible material, and are not fitted properly. He stressed that  only tube lights that had passed specifications set by the Emirates Authority for Standardisation and Metrology should be accepted.

“This equipment is supposed to be made of materials that can bear the high temperature and don't melt quickly.”

He also suggested that insurance companies should only approve the insurance after they had tested the safety of electrical equipment - tube lights in particular - and outlined security conditions ensuring safety of the equipment and their locations.

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