As we head towards the Christmas season, Essential Energy is reminding do-it-yourself Christmas light installers to complete some basic safety checks to minimise the risk of injury.
General Manager Safety, HR, and Environment, David Nardi, reminded light installers to check festive lights before installing them.
“Check Christmas lights or illuminated decorations for damage prior to use or installation. Always read and follow safety and installation instructions and never use decorations with damaged cords or extension leads,” David said.
“Turn off power points or light switches before replacing light bulbs and make sure you hold the plug to remove it – do not pull on the lead.”
Essential Energy recommends all homes and workshops be fitted with a safety switches such as Residual Current Devices (RCD) or Earth Leakage Circuit Breakers to minimise the risk of electric shock.
“Don’t overload power points by using more than one adaptor or power board and keep extension leads to a minimum,” he said.
“If you are using power boards, install safety plugs into spare outlets on the boards to prevent children from inserting objects into socket.”
Essential Energy reminds those installing Christmas lights or displays on rooftops, to be aware of the location of service lines and electrical wiring within the workspace.
“Do not cut, drill or hammer into rooftops, walls, floors or ceilings before thoroughly checking for electrical wires. Make sure safety is your priority so that at the end of the day, you can enjoy the holiday season with family and loved ones,” David said.
In the event of a suspected electrical shock, do not attempt to touch the person until the power has been disconnected. Provide first aid when it is safe to do so and always seek medical attention afterward.
For more information on electrical safety, visit essentialenergy.com.au/safety.