Christmas lights

Christmas light safetyThe first week of December is traditionally when people start putting up Christmas lights. Here are a few tips to keep you and your family safe when setting up powered decorations.

DO DON'T    
Green tick Make electrical safety your first priority. Red cross String lights or leads on or near overhead powerlines, including the connection to your house.
Green tick Look up and live. Red cross Overcrowd powerpoints or use double-adaptors.
Green tick Check old lights for faults or frayed cords. Red cross Alter or modify light kits.
Green tick Buy Australian-compliant lights and always follow the manufacturer's instructions. Red cross Use indoor lights outdoors.
Green tick Use low voltage lights and quality power board for multiple plugs. Red cross Use light sets which have missing globes.
Green tick Keep lights, powerpoints and adapators out of reach of children. Red cross String lights around wet areas such as swimming pools.
Green tick Switch off lights before going to bed or leaving the house. Red cross Put a ladder on an unstable surface.

For more information on the safe use of decorative lights, visit the Electrical Safety Office.                                                              

Disclaimer

This is not an exhaustive list of all safety matters that need to be considered. Whilst care is taken in the preparation of this material, Energex does not guarantee, to the extend permitted by law, the accuracy and completeness of information.

To the extend permitted by law, Energex will not be responsible for any loss, damage or costs incurred as a result of any errors omissions or misrepresentations in relation to the material in this document or for any possible actions ensuing from information contained above.

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