Tis the season for decorating your Christmas tree with beautiful ornaments and lighting it for all to see. Usually, that scenario doesn't include the tree lighting on fire, but that could be an unfortunate reality for some Canadians this year.
Over 250 artificial, pre-lit Christmas trees are being recalled this year over fears that they could overheat and spontaneously catch on fire.
The trees, which were sold by Giant Tiger, are the 6.5-foot Pre-lit Noble Pine Tree by Danson Decor. Giant Tiger confirmed that at least 251 of the affected trees were sold in Canada.
They don't state specific provinces in the recall indicating that affected units were sold all across the country. They do give a time frame, though. The recalled trees were all sold between November 6th and November 11th.
The worry with these trees is related to the adapter that comes with the lights. The product is supposed to have a 5V adapter but instead, multiple units were accidentally sold with 12V adapters. Because of the stronger adapter, the lights can overheat posing a fire hazard.
This is a very real concern too because as of December 11th, at least six customers had reported that they had an incident with their trees overheating. Thankfully no one has been injured as a result.
If you bought one of these recalled trees Health Canada is now warning you to stop using it immediately and return it to Giant Tiger for a refund. They also advise Canadians to let them know if they have experienced any incidents relating to this product or any other consumer good using the Consumer Production Incident Report form.
To read the full recall report by Health Canada, click here.