Safety tips for the Chrimbo lights

johnboy 24 November 2010 4

Christmas lights [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.

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4 Responses to Safety tips for the Chrimbo lights
Thoroughly Smashed Thoroughly Smashed 9:41 am 25 Nov 10

Brindabella said :

Why do adults do this?

Because they

Amethyst Amethyst 12:56 am 25 Nov 10

I like to stick it to ActewAGL and only use solar powered lights.
Also…you can get them from places like Dick Smith and Kmart and don’t cost you craploads of electricity that could be better spent air conditioning your house or chilling your grog!

Brindabella Brindabella 9:41 pm 24 Nov 10

Why do adults do this?

Fiona Fiona 3:53 pm 24 Nov 10

That came around quick 🙂

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