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Electrical Safety Checklist: 5 Things to Remember for the Holidays

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Every holiday season, Sydney comes alive with vibrant Christmas lights displayed all over the city. From the big Christmas tree wrapped in LED lights at the city’s centre, to the brightly illuminated homes lining the streets, these spectacular, awe-inspiring light displays can be seen everywhere during the festive season.

If you are one of those who participate in this grand tradition of putting up decorations and lighting displays, there is definitely a lot to prepare for. But amidst all the jolly displays to design and put up, there’s a checklist you need to prioritise, and this includes a list of electrical safety tips and a number for an emergency electrician.

When followed, this checklist will help ensure electrical safety in your homes, prevent accidents from happening, and prepare you for emergencies. Here are the five things you need to take note of:

1. Use safe and reliable electrical decorations.

Buy from reliable stores and only buy products that are certified safe for home use. Don’t risk your family’s safety just for a chance to save. Quality should always be prioritised over price.

2. Check electrical decorations before use.

Whether these are newly bought or old decorations, make sure you check each one for any damaged sockets, loose cords or connections, and bare wires before putting them up. If you need to replace a bulb from a string of Christmas lights, make sure the replacement’s wattage rating is the same as those on the set.

3. Plan on how and where to decorate.

Take note of the sockets you have in your home and the number of decorations you want to put up. Make sure these will be strategically placed not only considering the aesthetic value, but also the safety value. When setting up your decorations, make sure you’re following safe practices like these:

• Keeping electrical decorations at least three feet away from heat sources

• Not stringing together more than three sets of Christmas lights

• Not overloading electrical outlets

• Ensuring power cords are used properly If you want to ensure everything is done correctly, consider hiring electrical contractors who can advise you about how to put up your electrical decorations.

4. Turn off and unplug all electrical Christmas decorations when not in use.

Before you go to sleep and before leaving your house, it is extremely important to turn off and unplug all of your electrical decorations, whether found inside or outside of your house.

5. Have your local electrician’s number ready.

Have the number of your local electrician ready in case of emergency. Save this on your phone and write it down so you can easily get the number when the need arises.

The holiday season is a time to celebrate with friends and family. Make sure it is an enjoyable and safe time of the year for everyone by following these electrical safety measures.

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