[Image from our 2008 tour de Amaroo]
ActewAGL, no doubt thrilled at the added consumption generated by conspicuous Christmas lighting displays, is offering advice on how to put them up without killing anyone.
- 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.