According to Julieanne Worchurst, Australia and New Zealand Sales and Marketing Director of SAS, common causes of fire at this time of year include families failing to check old Christmas lights and using cheap lights that don’t meet Australian standards.
She added: “Many families like to decorate the outside of their home with intricate light displays, often to enter Christmas lights competitions organised for the whole city.
“These can be quite elaborate, including flashing reindeer and Santa figurines, synchronized lights and music. The decorated homes draw large crowds in the weeks leading up to Christmas, all keen to celebrate the magic and seasonal spirit.
“However, creating and operating such displays can be costly in time and money. Those families may not take the time to correctly check each strand of lights, and even if a fault is discovered may still use it anyway, to avoid having to purchase more.
“Or they may buy cheaper imported lights online that don’t meet Australian standards, to save money.”
According to Ms Worchurst, the greatest danger presented by Christmas lights occurs when families are asleep.
“Leaving your Christmas lights switched on, or on a timer, when you go to bed is potentially life-threatening. They should always be switched off.”
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