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December is a time for Christmas cheer with many homes and gardens turned into spectacular festive displays. During this time it’s important to remember electrical safety. Too often  decorative lighting isn’t installed correctly, or no electrical safety  measures have been considered.

Master Electricians Australia urges everyone to be aware of  common  sense electrical safety measures to keep you and your family safe. Master  Electricians Australia has published a Christmas lights safety  checklist on its website, to help prevent this festive season from being  marred by an unfortunate electrical accident.

Check for recalls Check the Federal  Government’s product safety recalls website to ensure Christmas  lights have not been deemed unsafe by regulators. Even  reputable retailers occasionally need to recall dangerous items. Master Electricians Australia urges all home owners  to check the ‘recalls’ website before installing Christmas  lights, regardless of where it is from.

Consider safety switches The only way to be truly safe is to ensure all lights are  connected to power points controlled by a safety switch.

A  safety switch will detect any imbalance of power associated with  electric shock and stop the flow of electrical current in less time than  a heartbeat.

Adding a safety switch to a switchboard costs a  lot less than many of the more elaborate lighting products that many  homeowners buy for their Christmas lights displays, and can give you the  peace of mind you are safe from an electrical accident this happy  season.

For those with  extensive lighting displays consider having a Master Electrician or  licensed contractor install additional outdoor power points, rather than  overloading existing circuits.

Christmas Safety Checklist

  • Check for an Australian Approval number when purchasing lights such as Q12345, V01294, or N12345
  • Visit  www.recalls.gov.auo check for any recalled Christmas lights
  • When installing lights outdoors, only use lights designed for external use. Generally these types will have a transformer
  • Use extra low voltage lights – look for lights with a transformer
  • Always turn off outdoor lights during rain or storms
  • Ensure your outdoor connections are weatherproofed
  • Do not piggyback double adapters or power boards
  • Always keep clear of powerlines, swimming pools, driveways, and walkways
  • Secure outdoor lights to fixtures and keep out of children’s reach
  • Follow the instructions and recommendations of manufacturer

For more information, or if you would like to book a fully qualified, insured and trained electrician in the Brisbane area to check your Christmas light display, please visit www.tradesmenontime.com.au or call 0415 623 770

Article originally posted at http://www.masterelectricians.com.au/page/Tips__Home_Improvement_Ideas/General_Electrical/Christmas_Safety_Checklist/

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