Christmas light safety

Make electrical safety a priority when it comes to Christmas and party lights.

First, check that your lights meet Australian standards. Then select lights labelled appropriately for indoor or outdoor use, depending on your needs. Lights may have an IP rating - a higher rating is better for outdoor use.

Before decorating with your lights, check that all globes are properly fitted, don't use light sets that have missing globes.

When setting up outdoor lights, secure them well in case of wind or storms. Don't string lights or electrical leads on or near overhead power lines, including where the lines connect to your house, swimming pool or ponds. Be aware of powerlines when carrying ladders and setting up your lights.

Keep indoor lights away from flammable materials such as curtains or sofas. Don't run leads or extension cords on or near high traffic areas where someone could trip over them.

Wait until your lights are installed before turning them on and unplug them if you need to move them.

Don't forget to unplug the lights before you go to bed or leave the house.

Have a greener Christmas

Select energy efficiency models when buying your lights, LED (light emitting diode) or solar Christmas lights significantly reduce your power bill and your impact on the environment.

Use a timer so your lights aren't on all night.

Have a safe and merry Christmas!