Spark joy, not fires, this Christmas: RACQ

As Queenslanders decorated their homes for the festive season, RACQ has urged them to check their Christmas lights carefully, with its new insurance claims data revealing 20 percent of home fires were caused by an electrical fault.

RACQ spokesperson Lucinda Ross said as Queenslanders put up lights inside and outside the home, they needed to undertake some simple checks to reduce their risk of a fire.

 "We know everyone wants to end the year on a brighter note and we’re already seeing plenty of homes setting up light displays,” Ms Ross said.

“Whether it’s indoor lights around the tree, or a large display on the outside of your home, be careful you don’t run the risk of the wrong spark setting Christmas alight.”

Ms Ross recommended home owners follow the below tips when setting up Christmas lights.

“If you're planning to set up a display, take the time to inspect the lights for any visible damage to cords or plugs, rust or dust – and if you’re not sure, get a qualified electrician to take a look at them,” she said.

“Of course, never use indoor lights outside where they’re exposed to the elements, and only use lights that adhere to Australian standards - this can mean the difference between a cheery Christmas and one marked by a fire.

“Make sure you're playing it safe and not letting your Christmas turn into a catastrophe."