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Keep fireys off your Christmas list
At this time of year Christmas lights are beginning to glow on trees and rooflines throughout the Southern Metropolitan Region, but residents need to take precautions to make sure that the lights remain glowing and don’t turn into flames.
CFA wants to remind everyone to check their Christmas lights and other decorations to make sure that they are safe and comply with Australian Safety Standards.
CFA’s District 8 Operations Manager Trevor Owen said that every year sees new reports of families affected by fires started by Christmas lights, candles or oil burners.
“It would be awful to see one of the most joyful times of the year ruined by fires, injuries or worse – especially when it can be avoided.” he said.
“While it’s great to see people getting into the festive spirit, safety needs to be the number one priority – your life and your family’s might depend on it.
“There are seven simple steps you can follow to make sure that this festive season is ‘fire free’”.
- Check your Christmas lights and fairy lights to make sure they are in good working order. Make sure there’s no exposed wiring.
- 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.
- Place your tree as far as possible from any heat source
- Turn off your Christmas lights while you’re away from the house and when you go to bed at night
- Do not use electric lights on a metallic Christmas tree
- Take care with candles, incense sticks and oil burners. Always make sure they are not too close to flammable items such as curtains and that they cannot be knocked over.
- Always keep matches, candles and lighters away from infants and small children.
“Santa would always prefer to enter a house that is still there,” Mr Owen said.