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Celebrate safely this silly season

By: CFA Media

Category: Community Safety

  12.22 PM 15 December, 2014


Location: General

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The festive season is well and truly here, and Victoria’s fire services want to make sure you celebrate without any sparks.

With electrical faults one of the top three causes of house fires each year, CFA and MFB are encouraging families to take care with Christmas trees and fairy lights.

CFA Chief Officer Euan Ferguson said the easiest and most common-sense way to keep safe over Christmas was to not to overload power boards.

“For families that like to hang indoor or outdoor fairy light displays, there are a few rules to follow,” Mr Ferguson said.

“Use no more than three standard size sets of lights per power board, and make sure that electric cords are not covered by a rug or mat.

“When setting up your lights, check they are in good working order before hanging them on your tree.”

Natural pine Christmas trees that are allowed to dry out can pose a threat because they become extremely flammable – the easiest solution being to keep water in the base of your tree. Watch a video here showing just how quickly a tree can catch fire.

MFB Chief Officer Peter Rau said people needed to remember that when Christmas lights were left on for an extended period of time they could overheat. 

“A better option is the battery-operated LED lights, which don’t require electricity, are low-voltage, and most importantly give off little heat,” Mr Rau said.

“We want Victorians to have a safe and happy Christmas.”

Top tips this season:

  1.     If you have a real pine tree, keep water in the base to stop your tree drying out. Dried pine trees are extremely flammable.
  2.     Remove lights as soon as your tree shows signs of drying.
  3.     Don’t use light sets with missing globes.
  4.     Don’t put electric cords under rugs or mats.
  5.     Use no more than three sets of lights per power board
Last Updated: 15 December 2014