Christmas time means fridges full of food, ovens full of roasts, a frantic search for your fat pants and dazzling festive lights worthy of being named best in the street. Yes, it’s a time for those baggy saggy fat pants because no one can resist the third helping of Granny’s apple pie. And yes, it’s a time for playful rivalry with your neighbours as to who is rocking the lighting scene this year - and no Joe you are not winning this year mate.
But the festive season can end in tragedy or circuit trips, and too often this is because of those dazzling lights that are making Joe see green. Let’s face it, there is no use taking the title of best lights in the street if you trip the power and can’t turn the oven on to heat up Granny’s famous apple pie now is it!!
There is no use taking the title of best lights in the street if you trip the power and can’t turn the oven on to heat up Granny’s famous apple pie...
So let’s look at how safe your lights are.
Here are some tips to consider:
Ensure your family, friends and fat pants are safe this year by thinking about the lights you are using and how you are using them.
Lights manufactured for indoor use should only ever be used indoors (this might seem obvious but it’s a big cause for my Christmas call-outs). If you are unsure, please check the packaging or look on the light itself. Most lights will feature a tag near the plug indicating whether the lights are indoor or outdoor lights. Indoor lights do not have the additional weatherproof ratings required of lights that are to be used outside and should not be used outdoors, this includes on verandahs.
More tips to keep in mind:
Ensure your family, friends and fat pants are safe this year by thinking about the lights you are using and how you are using them. If you do need to upgrade your lights, consider purchasing LED, solar powered lights or extra low voltage lights (12V or 24V) as these are the safest options to prevent electric shock and overheating leading to fires.
Happy holidays and enjoy those Christmas lights, the safe way!
South Coast Sparky
Jack is your local south coast sparky. He values quality, safety and service. He loves to surf and hang out with his kids. Here are some tips and tricks from Jack and the Cowley Electrical team to keep you entertained and safe.