The Electrical Safety Office in Queensland reminds everyone to play it safe when it comes to Christmas lights and to only buy those which meet Australian Standards.
Head of Queensland’s Electrical Safety Office Victoria Thomson said there is no substitute for quality and safety.
“Non-compliant lights available online and shipped in from overseas are a real problem. They are usually less expensive, but you could pay a high price in the end,” said Ms. Thomson.
“Buying Australian-compliant lights might cost a little more, but it’s the safest way to go and you know exactly what you’re getting.
“Extra-low voltage lights powered by a transformer are a good way to go. They are safer than your traditional 240v lights.
“Perhaps it’s time to upgrade your lighting, ditch the old faithfuls and invest in Led lights which use less energy and last longer.
“If you’re not willing or able to make the change, unravel your old lights carefully and, before plugging them in, look at the plug, leads and lamp holders to check there are no exposed wires or obvious damage.
“It’s a good idea to get them checked by a licensed electrician if you have any concerns.”
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
“Buy your lights from a reputable supplier who knows the electrical equipment safety requirements,” said Ms. Thomson.
“Always check for the regulatory compliance logo or other Australian compliance marks usually found on a plastic tag near the plug or on the transformer.”