Christmas light safety warnings already sparked

THE state government is getting into the Christmas spirit a little early after sending out a reminder to ensure Fraser Coast residents play it safe with Christmas lights.

With 62 days left until Santa visits, Treasurer and Minister for Industrial Relations Curtis Pitt sent out the media release reminding shoppers they should only buy Christmas lights that meet Australian Standards.

"I know it's strange to be talking about Christmas lights in October but that seems to be becoming the norm," said Mr Pitt.

"Don't sacrifice quality for quantity in an effort to cover their house in Christmas lights, it's a risk that's never worth taking.

"At any time of year buying cheaper fairy lights online, second hand or from sellers that don't offer a guarantee could seem like a bargain, but is not worth the risk since you just can't be sure what you're getting."

Buying lights well before the festive season does not change the fact it is against Queensland law to sell decorative lights that did not meet Australian standards nor have a certificate of conformity.

"Lights need to have the proper compliance marking or labelling - simply look for the regulatory compliance mark or for older models an approval mark such as Q1234, V1234, NSW1234 etc. These marks indicate compliance with Australian Standards," he said.



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