PS or ICC marks in fire extinguishers signify that the product is of quality and is safe to use.
The PS license or ICC Certificate are the consumers’ guide in assuring that products purchased are certified quality and safe according to the relevant Philippine National Standards (PNS).

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

Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Northern Mindanao joins the observance of March as Fire Prevention Month in the Philippines by encouraging consumers to secure a certified fire extinguisher as a precaution to lessen the chances of fire in the household. 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.

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.

Fire extinguishers come in different types to put out different classes of fire
Aside from checking the PS license or ICC Certificate, consumers must also know the different types of fire extinguishers and their use.

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.

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. ♦

Date of Release: 29 March 2021