Beautiful string lights popping up across Melbourne on home facades, fences, and of course on the Christmas tree, are one of the first signs of that exciting festive season. We love seeing homes lit up in their best festive gear, but as electricians, electrical safety is always in the back of our minds.
Christmas light safety
- When opening a new set of lights, ensure you carefully read the manufacturer’s instructions and guidelines
- If you’re reusing your own lights, conduct a thorough check to make sure the set does not have any wiring damage
- Check for blown globes and replace them
- Buy local – be wary of overseas purchases, mainly due to voltage differences and plug variations
- Don’t use Christmas lights outside unless they are specifically designed for outdoor usage
- Don’t try to connect different lighting sets together
- Don’t replace or remove globes while the adapter is plugged in
- Don’t risk using lights that are faulty or damaged
Remember, your lights have been packed away for 12 months, so make sure you carefully inspect them before you use them.
If you’re using extension cords to better perfect your lighting display, make sure you don’t run them under rugs (risk of overheating) and ensure they’re not pinched by doors, windows, or heavy furniture (risk of damage).
Christmas tree safety
If you’re decorating with lights, make sure your Christmas tree is positioned safely away from flammable materials like curtains, as well as heat sources like heater vents.
Never overload power boards, and please, please, please – do not piggy back them! Overloaded power sockets are one of the most common causes of electrical fires in the home.
Make sure tinsel and other decorative materials are not directly touching lights, and ensure you turn the lights off when you leave the house or go to sleep at night.
Nothing says Christmas Eve in Melbourne than the family gathered around the Christmas tree watching Vision Australia’s Carols by Candlelight.
Lighting up candles before settling in for the night before St Nick’s arrival is a Melbourne tradition (even on a typically warm December night). While we love our summer Christmas, lighting candles on Christmas Eve seems to be that little homage to a White Christmas.
When using candles:
- Never leave an open flame unattended
- Always ensure candles are properly extinguished before leaving the room
- Keep candles away from curtains and other soft furnishings
- Keep an eagle eye on small children – at all times
Electrical safety during summer storms
34 degrees and sunny one day, 21 and overcast the next. That’s Melbourne for you! We’re no stranger to crazy weather in Melbourne, and summer electrical storms are not uncommon.
During a summer storm, blackouts, lightning, and power surges are common. Follow these electrical safety tips:
- Turn off larger electrical appliances like your TV by the power point
- Don’t attempt to re-connect devices like smartphone or laptop chargers during the storm
- Don’t try to inspect electrical damage (both indoors and out)
- Call an emergency electrician
- Stay away from damaged appliances
Emergency electrician Melbourne
Put safety first: don’t try to be a hero, and don’t think you’ll be saving a couple of bucks by attempting to do it yourself.
Briggs is despatching emergency electricians across Melbourne during the entire festive and summer season. We’re available 24 hours a day and are ready to provide you a rapid-response emergency electrician service.