Christmas Lighting & Decorantion (Electrical) Safety

As we head into the ‘silly’ season and plenty of us are dressing up our homes and workplaces, it’s a good time to step back and check any electrical equipment you are intending on using/installing, such as Christmas lights.

The Electrical Safety Office has issued some tips to help you out:

ESO has a number of tips about Christmas lights:

  • Only use lights outdoors if they are marked as suitable for outdoor use.
  • Buy Australian-compliant lights and be wary of purchasing non-compliant lights over the internet from overseas.
  • Check old Christmas lights before re-using them.
  • Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Don’t alter or modify lights.
  • Ensure all lights, extension leads and power boards are suitable for the intended use (e.g. indoor use only or suitable for outdoors).
  • Test your safety switch and smoke detector to make sure they are working.
  • Always turn off decorative lighting before going to bed or leaving your house or workplace.

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