Christmas time is here and while you are enjoying the festivities, it is important to remember electrical safety during the joyful season.
Below are some safety guidelines to follow this Christmas:
1. Don't over-crowd your power boards and when they are not in use or you are not home, turn them off - incorrect use of power boards is a common cause of fire in the home.
2. Check the leads on lights for any fraying or tearing in the leads and blown globes - if you find any issues with the lights, it is recommended you discard them as they may be faulty.
3. Remember to test your safety switch and smoke detector to ensure they are both working.
4. Only use weatherproof lights outdoors - outdoor lights meet additional safety standards and must have a rating of at least IP23.
5. Secure outdoor lights to avoid any damage during storms.
6. Don't run leads where they may get damaged such as near water or in driveways, this can cause the lights to become damaged.
7. Check that your Christmas lights comply with Australian Safety Standards with an approval number of Q12345; V12345; N12345.
8. Ensure your Christmas lights have not been recalled - www.recalls.gov.au
9. Use solar, LED or extra-low-voltage lights outdoors - these are the safest options to prevent electric shock.
10. Always turn outdoor lights off during rain or storms to avoid any electrical shorts.
11. Follow all instructions and recommendations from the manufacturer.
12. Regularly check outlets for problems including overheating to prevent any hazards or injuries.
13. Only purchase lights which meet the Australian Safety Standards.
14. Educate children about the danger of damaging electrical equipment and importance of electrical safety.
15. Don't piggyback power boards or double adapters - power boards have a maximum current rate that should not be exceeded.
Make electrical safety a high priority this Christmas and have a fantastic holiday season.