Electrical Safety Week

Today's Topic - Festive Lighting.

This week is Electrical Safety Week. Electrical Safety Week raises awareness of the hazards associated with electricity.

Today's Topic - Festive Lighting. Before you know it it will be Christmas time, if you are planning on decorating your Christmas tree or home in festive lighting, here are 10 important safety tips to be aware of, to ensure you Christmas doesn't end in disaster;

  • 1. Use decorative lights for the right purpose - outdoor lights for outdoor areas, indoor lights for indoor areas.
  • 2. Buy Australian-compliant Christmas lights (be wary of purchasing non-compliant lights over the internet from overseas).
  • 3. Test your safety switch and smoke detector to make sure they are working.
  • 4. Always turn off decorative lighting before going to bed or leaving your house.
  • 5. Check old Christmas lights before re-using them.
  • 6. Consider using solar powered lights, LED or extra-low-voltage lights (12V or 24V), as these are the safest options to prevent electric shock and prevent fires from over-heating.
  • 7. Don't run electrical leads over walkways or driveways where they might be damaged.
  • 8. Follow manufacturer's instructions and safety warnings.
  • 9. Use power boards fitted with over-load protection. Avoid using double adaptors or piggy back plugs.
  • 10. Always unwind extension leads to avoid possible overheating.

 

For more information see your local Electricity Supply Authority website or QLD Government WorkCover Website.

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