ActewAGL are helpfully suggesting how to safely use Christmas lights this festive season.
Before you start
— Check your old lights for fraying cords and broken or cracked sockets.
— Use lights that have an Australian Standard or approval mark.
— If you are using lights outside make sure they are weatherproof and suitable for outdoor use.
When you are setting up
— Take care when working at heights and make sure you use an appropriate ladder.
— Follow the manufacturer’s instructions when installing.
— Use appropriate tape, cable ties, clips or clamps.
— Don’t run extension cords through doorways or windows.
— Ensure all outdoor connections are weatherproof.
— Never install lights near a pool or spa.
— Take care with wiring and extension cords, so they are kept off the ground to avoid damage or becoming a trip hazard and never use an extension cord longer than 10 metres.
— Use a plug board with overload protection for high-powered lights, such as flood/spot lights.
— Lights give out heat, so keep them away from children and flammable materials, such as wrapping paper.