Light up your home in light comp

Whitsunday residents and businesses are encouraged to get into the spirit of Christmas and transform their homes into Christmas wonderlands as part of the Whitsunday Times Christmas light competition.

This is your chance to brighten up your front yard and get creative with your garden and house exterior.

It is a tradition for many local households to check out the terrific efforts people go to to dress up their homes and this year will be no different.

Ergon Energy is sponsoring the competition with $300 going to the first prize winner and $100 each to second and third place winners.

Ergon Energy service delivery central general manager Steve Leighton urged people to consider environmentally friendly lighting options such as solar and energy efficient LED lights that could provide spectacular lighting displays for little cost.

"LED lights use less electricity than traditional incandescent bulbs and generally last longer," he said.

Mr Leighton said Ergon Energy did not want to see the festive mood dampened by unsafe electrical practices.

"Festive lighting stored for 12 months could be subject to heat, humidity and possibly insects or rodents and should be checked thoroughly before use by a qualified electrician to ensure correct and safe operation," he said. If you would like to enter your home into the Christmas light competition email you address to aimee.vinci@whitsundaytimes.com.au or call Aimee on 4940 2109 and leave your details that will be published in next week's newspaper so people can check out your display.

For more safety information visit the Ergon Energy website at www.ergon.com.au/safety.

CHRISTMAS SAFETY TIPS

Ensure lights are suitable for their intended use e.g. indoors or outdoors and check outdoor connections are weatherproof.

Use power boards fitted with overload protection and never piggyback plugs and double adaptors when installing multiple sets of lights.

Never leave Christmas lighting switched on in unattended premises.

Switch off lighting displays before going to bed.

Avoid placing temporary festive lighting around or above pools.

Take extra care with extension leads, including making sure they are not damaged and not passed through doors and windows.


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