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Are Your Christmas Lights Safe?

By December 17, 2019 No Comments
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4 Ways You Can Ensure Your Christmas Lights Are Safe

There is so much to consider in the hectic time leading up to Christmas: decorations, presents, food, family, friends… Here are some ways you can ensure electrical safety in the glorious madness of Christmas preparations:

  1. Make sure to buy lights that comply with Australian Safety Standards
    • Purchase from a reputable dealer who knows the safety requirements for Queensland
    • Look for an approval number (e.g. Q12345; V12345; N12345) or the regulatory compliance (right) mark logo on the packaging
    • Be wary of purchasing lights online and/or overseas, as they not comply with state standards
    • Have second-hand lights checked by a registered electrician
  1. Check indoor lights safety
    • Do not use indoor lights outdoors, they will not be appropriate for outdoor conditions
    • As a precaution, test safety switch and smoke detector before setting up
    • Keep lights and electrical appliances away from children
    • Turn lights off before heading to bed or leaving the house
    • Switch off and unplug lights before watering living Christmas trees
  1. Check outdoor lights safety
    • Check the IP rating to determine how waterproof your lights are (e.g. IP23, higher number=better waterproof rating)
    • Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions regarding transformers and power outlet locations
    • Avoid running electrical leads through doors or windows, driveways or walkways where they could get damaged
    • Consider LED, solar-powered or extra-low voltage lights
    • Ensure that high powered lights (e.g. flood lights and halogen lights) are positioned away anything that may catch fire, as these can become very hot
  1. Connecting lights safely
    • Use less high-powered lamps, as these may overload your electric circuits
    • Only use power boards with over-load protection
    • Avoid double adaptors/piggyback plugs
    • When using extension leads, use only factory-made or those made by a licensed electrical contractor
    • Ensure that the leads are undamaged
    • Always unwind leads to avoid overheating
    • Ensure all outdoor electrical points are weatherproof, this may require purchasing weatherproofing accessories

For further information on state safety standards, please visit WorkCover Queensland.

Don’t let electrical safety become another drag on the Christmas chore list, at North Lakes and Surrounds Electrical we are happy to help you ensure the safety of all your friends and family this Christmas!

We can provide advice on safety-proofing both indoor and outdoor lighting, we also conduct free safety checks and can provide you with an obligation free quote. With 24-hour service, we are the best electrician to turn to for emergencies, quotes and anything in between!