Christmas Lights Safety Warning


10 December 2021

We are reminding residents to stay safe when decorating their homes with Christmas lights this festive season.

In previous years Ausgrid crews have encountered potentially life-threatening situations where lights have been strung close to live powerlines and attached to power poles.

Ausgrid General Manager Field Operations Sam Sofi is urging all residents to follow some basic steps to ensure their Christmas lights are safe.

“We all enjoy Christmas lights but there are no second chances with electricity. Physical contact with, or even close proximity to live equipment has the potential to cause an electric shock which may result in serious injury or death,” Mr Sofi said.

“We know it’s been a tough few years and people want to celebrate Christmas with lights displays, however our number one priority is the safety of the community and the last thing we want to see is anyone being injured or worse.

“Never attach lights or decorations directly to or close to any electrical equipment, including powerlines, power poles or the service wires which run between your property and the poles in the street as they are carrying live electricity.”

Ausgrid’s top Christmas safety tips:

  • Closely inspect Christmas display power cords and bulbs before turning on the lights.
  • Never attach lights or decorations to any electrical equipment, including power lines, power poles or the service wires running from the street poles to your home.
  • Only use “outdoor display” lights outside and use tape, cable ties or clamps instead of nails to affix them into place.
  • Check your smoke detectors are working and ensure you have a safety switch in your meter box.
  • Unravel any coiled power cords to prevent them over-heating.
  • Don’t overload power points or power boards by piggy-backing double adaptors.
  • Turn off and unplug your outdoor Christmas lights when it rains, when you leave home and/or when heading to bed.

More Christmas safety advice, click here.