As we draw near to the holidays, it has never been more important to take extra precaution in regards to electrical hazards and fire safety. Decorating the home can be a fun time for everyone, but safety measures should not be forgotten during the festivities.
According to the Emergency Services, electrical faults are one of the top three causes of Australian house fires, each year. Firefighters are encouraging families to ensure their Christmas tree and fairy lights are used safely.
Tips for preventing Christmas decoration light fires:
1. Inspect your Christmas and fairy lights for any sign of damage or wear and tear.
2. Don't use light sets with missing globes.
3. LED Christmas lights do not get as hot and use less power.
4. Use no more than three sets of lights per power board, even if there are four or more outlets on it. Avoid using double adaptors.
5. Make sure electric cords are completely uncoiled and are not placed under rugs or mats.
6. Place your tree as far as possible from any heat source, curtains or furnishings.
7. Maintain water in the base of natural Christmas trees to stop them drying out and remove lights once they show signs of drying.
8. Take care with candles, incense sticks and oil burners. Always make sure they are away from flammable items such as curtains and that they cannot be knocked over.
9. Always keep matches, candles and lighters away from infants and small children.
10. Check that your smoke alarms are working. Christmas tree fires can generate a lot of heat quickly and spread to the rest of the house.
First 5 Minutes would like to wish everyone a happy festive season and a prosperous new year. We trust that you will stay safe and look forward to working with you in 2016.
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