As the Christmas season is well and truly here, people are busy planning the festivities ahead. However if you don’t want your holiday season to go from merry and bright, to downright disaster, it’s well worth following these 5 top tips to ensure you stay safe from electrical fires this season. Let’s take a closer look.
Give your lighting a thorough once-over
So you’ve recently been up in the attic and pulled out the Christmas decorations. In the box are the Christmas lights you had from last year. Before you plug anything in, it’s worth giving them a thorough once-over to ensure they’re good to go. Check for loose connections, damaged cord, or signs or bare wiring poking through. If you do encounter problems, it’s probably cheaper and indeed safer to throw them away and buy a new set.
Not too much stringing along
If you’re determined to have a Christmas lighting display to end all lighting displays then make sure your lighting is connected properly. As a general rule of thumb, no more than three strands of incandescent lighting should be strung together. Any more is likely to overload a socket and either trip a circuit breaker or worse still, start a fire. LED lights however are different and safety regulations state that up to 25 strands of LED lights can be strung together without any problems.
Don’t overload your sockets
If you really want your home to be lit up like a Manly ferry then don’t overload your sockets. Remember they’re designed to take a certain amount of wattage so you don’t want to be tripping out every few minutes. Instead try spreading the load over several sockets for safety and limit the amount of extension cord you use.
Think safety first
If you’re looking to buy new decorations ensure they comply with safety standards. Lighting which has been tested will have the relevant safety testing label so keep an eye out for it. If the lighting doesn’t seem to have one or it’s not been tested by a recognised body, then you may want to avoid it like the plague.
Everybody out? Switch them off!
No matter how much your Christmas lighting has been tested it probably isn’t wise to leave it on when you’re not in the house. It not only unnecessarily runs up your electricity bill, but can also be a safety hazard if left on for long periods of time.
On behalf of Static Electrics we wish you all a very happy Christmas and don’t forget if you do have any electrical problems, installations, or repairs you need help with, before or after the Christmas festivities get under way, you can contact us on 07 5445 8305.