Handy home tips to stop Christ­mas-light fires

Tablelands Advertiser - - NEWS - Bec Singh

WITH the fes­tive sea­son here, Ma­reeba res­i­dents are be­ing warned of the po­ten­tial fire risks from Christ­mas lights and dec­o­ra­tions.

Ma­reeba Fire Sta­tion act­ing sta­tion of­fi­cer Ja­son Ryan said power points or power boards should not be over­loaded or left on all night.

“The heat in the light trans­form­ers can get very hot and cause a fire. There should only be one item per socket,” he said.

“Lights should not be left unattended for long pe­ri­ods of time, par­tic­u­larly overnight, or if no­body is home.”

Mr Ryan said peo­ple should check that lights bought on­line are made to Aus­tralian stan­dards and en­sure trees are not pushed up against power points.

“Each coun­try has their own stan­dards,” he said.

“If you are pur­chas­ing lights on­line, you should check they have an Aus­tralian stan­dards la­bel.

“Ar­ti­fi­cial trees are com­bustible and nat­u­ral Christ­mas trees are full of oil.

“Lights and power points gen­er­ate heat and if the tree is po­si­tion against that source there could be a se­ri­ous in­ci­dent.”

An RACQ spokes­woman warned aged, faulty or in­cor­rectly in­stalled lights with ba­sic safety checks per­formed each year.

“RACQ re­search shows 48 per cent of home fires ex­pe­ri­enced by re­spon­dents were cause by elec­tri­cal faults,” she said.

It is im­por­tant peo­ple are vig­i­lant as they be­gin to dec­o­rate their homes for Christ­mas and in­spect their lights for any vis­i­ble signs of dam­age.”

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