The nation’s electricians have handed out an early Christmas present to millions of Australian homeowners – a free online safety check list for using lights and other electrical decorations, especially outdoors.
Master Electricians Australia has published the free online safety checklist as the Christmas lights decorating season begins in earnest.
MEA Chief Executive Officer Malcolm Richards said the list could save lives and potentially prevent electric shocks or fires over the summer, but it was still useful even for those who did not put up Christmas lights.
“This is a Christmas list that every Aussie home owner should be checking twice,” Mr Richards said.
“Whether it’s at Christmas or at some other time of year, everyone has electrical appliances around their homes that could present a threat to lives or property if they aren’t used safely and properly.
“This is a safety checklist that has been prompted by Christmas light season, but it’s the gift – to Aussie home owners from the nation’s sparkies – that will keep giving all year round.”
The safety checklist includes:
- Ensuring lights and other appliance have an Australian approval number
- Having safety switches on all circuits in your home
- Only using designated outdoor electrical products outside the home
- Not using double adapters on power boards
- Having working smoke detectors
- Checking applicanes and cables for damage before using them
Mr Richards said the best way to ensure your lights would meet Australian standards was to buy them from a reputable local retailer, rather than direct importing products via the internet.
“Don’t take shortcuts with your family’s safety this Christmas time. Lights and festive decorations give us so much joy, and we don’t want to see that turning to tragedy.
“Most people who decorate their houses put a tremendous amount of effort into it. We’re asking people to put in that extra bit of effort to ensure they are their loved ones are safe.”
The full, free safety checklist is available at www.masterelectricians.com.au