Put safety first when using Christmas lights
When the time comes for you to deck your house out with Christmas decorations, make sure you do it as safely as possible. After all, your lights in particular are likely to have been stored out for sight for the past 11 months, during which time they could have become damaged.
Follow these top safety tips and you can enjoy your Christmas lights without any worry this year.
1. Look for any signs of damage
Wiring on Christmas lights is especially prone to damage, so make sure you take a look and see if there's anything obvious to be concerned about.
The cables are prone to attack by rodents and insects, meaning that even if you put them away in perfect condition last year, this might no longer be the case!
2. Use lights in the right places
If you've bought outdoor lights then don't be tempted to use them inside your home - and vice versa. They've been designed with a specific purpose in mind, so make sure you stick to it.
3. Choose products that meet safety standards
When buying new lights, it's worth checking that they are compliant with Australian safety standards. You should find that every product stocked in a store is, which is why it's a good idea to avoid buying lights online.
If you're unsure of whether the lights are compliant, think about looking elsewhere so you can be safe in the knowledge they definitely are.
4. Don't leave lights unattended
It's never a good idea to leave Christmas lights unattended, even if you're only heading out for a matter of minutes. Before leaving home, switch them off at the mains and avoid the risk of fire.
5. Test your safety switch
Plugging your Christmas lights into a safety socket is a good idea, as it will cut off the supply of electricity as soon as a fault is detected. This is a particularly good idea for your outdoor lights.
However, this will only be effective if your safety switch is working properly, so be sure to test it first.
6. Keep out of reach of children
Colourful lights can appear really attractive to children, which is why you need to keep them out of reach at all times. There are all sorts of hazards that can arise when kids are around, so it's just not worth taking the risk.
7. Unplug lights when watering your tree
Water and electricity don't mix, so make sure your lights are switched off completely when watering your living Christmas tree.
Posted by Jeremy Elliott