(Australian Associated Press)
With the festive season getting closer, home owners are being urged to check their Christmas lights before they put them up to avoid the risk of fires.
Insurer RACQ says a simple safety check before turning on the lights can help keep the holidays happy.
RACQ’s Renee Smith said 48 per cent of home fires in Queensland were started due to electrical faults.
“At this time of year when we’re digging out these lights that are either brand new and we’ve never used before, or we haven’t used them in nearly 12 months, it’s so important to ensure they’re in good working condition,” Ms Smith said in a video statement.
“Another good tip is to make sure you’re using the correct type of lights – indoor or outdoor. Do not use indoor lights outdoors, that’s a real risk of an electrical fire.”
Ms Smith said Christmas lights should be treated like every other light in the house and be turned off when going to bed.