It’s the most wonderful time of the year! And as you dust off the decorations and Christmas lights to brighten your home, it’s important to take some precautions to help your family celebrate safely this festive season.
ActewAGL Branch Manager Works Delivery Clinton McAlister said it’s really important to make sure a year in storage hasn’t led to cords fraying.
“Frayed cords are a safety hazard and increase the risk of electric shock. Always check the cords on your electric decorations before use and never plug lights into broken or cracked sockets. Also be sure not to overload power boards with double adapters ‘piggy backing’ off one another.
“It’s a good idea to check manufacturer’s instructions before setting up light displays or replacing lamps and globes.
“Decorative lights may become hot so keep them away from children and flammable materials like wrapping paper.
“At night you can save electricity and keep safe by turning off light displays before going to bed.
“When decorating the outside of your house, make sure the lights you use are suitable for outdoor use and keep the cords out of reach of children and pets. Also keep all electrical connections and transformers out of areas that may become wet.”
For more information visit ActewAGL’s website actewagl.com.au/safety