5 tips for storing Christmas lights safely
SOUTHERN Downs residents packing away Christmas lights for later this year should read some simple tips from Ergon Energy.
Ergon's community safety manager Aaron Smith said taking a little extra time to pack and store lights correctly would greatly reduce the risk of them becoming damaged and in the long run save the homeowner money.
"Christmas lights are quite sensitive appliances that can be easily damaged when they are being moved around," Mr Smith said.
"Their wiring can be cut and exposed and bulbs broken without you knowing presenting a hidden electrical safety hazard when you go to install them next Christmas."
He said it was important that residents who found a fault in Christmas lights should use a licenced electrical contractor for repairs or, if any doubt, throw the lights out.
Look for any damage on the lights when packing them up
Use empty Christmas wrapping paper cardboard rolls to roll the lights around ready for storage
Put lights in an airtight plastic storage box if they are kept in the shed otherwise being kept in a cardboard box inside the home is fine
Store lights in a high and dry place to ensure they are not affected by moisture or rodents and make sure the storage area does not regularly get too hot
Ensure children cannot get hold of them during the year.