Tuesday, December 7th, 2010
Today, peak Australian electrical industry body, the National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA), provided consumers seven simple safety tips to help remain safe during the festive season.

Traditionally during the Christmas period, the use of outdoor lights increases and the risks to consumers from using non-compliant products also increases.

NECA Chief executive officer, Mr James Tinslay, said there are some simple safety steps consumers can follow to help make their Christmas safer.

“Consumers tend to have more to do with electricity during the festive season as they are decorating their homes. Taking a few minutes to think about electrical safety will help keep everyone safe and happy for Christmas,” Mr Tinslay said.

“If consumers are concerned about electrical dangers they should contact a licensed electrician to have the problem fixed.”

The seven electrical safety tips are:

1.Look up and around – When installing Christmas lights and other decorations make sure there are no overheard power lines or exposed wiring near where you are working. This is especially dangerous if working near metal.

If you notice dangerous wiring, contact your local licensed electrician so the problem can be fixed.

2. Indoor or outdoor lights – Many Christmas lights are designed specifically for indoor use and are not manufactured for use outside. It is important to only use indoor lights inside and not in any areas where they are exposed to the weather.

If you need to use outdoor lights, make sure they a made for this purpose.

3. Use compliant products – Buy Christmas lights from reputable stores and ensure they comply with Australian standards or have a compliance number or the compliance logo (tick of approval).

When purchasing Christmas or decorative lights from overseas via the internet be careful as other countries have different electrical standards and the products may not meet Australian requirements.

4. Educate children – Take the time to explain electrical safety to your children. Some Christmas lights usually have bulbs that operate at extra low voltages but it is important children are taught not to play with electricity.

5. Avoid use in bad weather – During heavy rain and high winds turn off your Christmas lights. This type of weather can damage the lights and potentially cause electrical faults.

6. Never modify electrical products – It is illegal and dangerous for unlicensed people to carry out modifications to electrical installations or electrical products. Never modify or attempt to repair your own electrical products. Ask your local electrician for assistance.

7. Install a safety switch – Safety switches are an additional safety measure that can prevent electrocution. It is recommended that you have a safety switch installed on every electrical circuit in your home for added protection. Contact your local electrician for assistance.

Many electrical products are required by law to be approved for use before they can be sold or offered for sale. This applies to Christmas or decorative lighting. For a full list of items that must be approved before they are offered for sale, consumers can contact their state electrical authority.


For radio/voice grabs please visit the media release section of the NECA website at www.neca.asn.au 

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