Festive lights a concern
WITH Christmas fast approaching, Queenslanders have been warned to put safety first as new research revealed the serious fire risks posed by unchecked Christmas lights and decorations.
RACQ spokeswoman Kirsty Clinton warned aged, faulty or incorrectly installed lights and electronic decorations posed a serious safety threat to families if basic safety checks were not performed each year.
“Our research shows almost 60 per cent of Queenslanders plan to decorate their homes for the festive season,’’ Ms Clinton said..
“With home fires a serious risk, we’re urging everyone to perform a few simple safety checks before installing lights, and to always follow proper safety instructions.
“Take a moment to inspect lights for any visible signs of damage to cords or plugs, as they can become frayed and broken after years of use, or while in storage during the year. Make sure lights have no signs of rust and are not excessively dusty.
“When setting up electrical decorations, never overload power boards by piggy-back double adaptors – only one item per socket should be used.
“It’s also essential all lights purchased have an Australian Standards label and are used for their correct purpose.’’
The placement of lights should be carefully considered. “Lights generate significant heat and shouldn’t be positioned next to paper or other flammable decorations.”