Fair Trading have discovered some Christmas decorations that could electrocute you or even set your house alight.

Inspectors are calling on hundreds of retailers before Christmas, checking Christmas lights, decorations, electrical wiring and plugs.

They have uncovered some imported products that pose serious hazards.

Made from highly flammable artificial plants, this Christmas candleholder (seen below) could burn your house down, shares 7 news.


“We don’t want to see people injured or hurt this Christmas,” NSW Minister for Fair Trading Matt Kean said.

Another decoration was a set of lights with one broken bauble.

“This one’s dangerous, throw it away” – advice from Fair Trading executive director Lynelle Collins.

“One of the bulbs here is broken, exposing live electrical parts. Bad electrical connections can kill if touched, or in contact with metal surfaces, like a patio or garage.”

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Recently Chinese power adaptors were seized and removed from sale because they don’t meet Australian safety standards and could be very dangerous.

“Look for the Australian plug with the insulated pins,” Ms Collins said.

“You can see there is a bit of colour on the end, and the approval number on the back of the power supply.”

If your decorations have been used for a few seasons, it’s advisable to check the power cord is not frayed or cut, and the globe sockets and plugs are intact.

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  • OUt with the old in with the new…..we don’t keep lights over 5 years old and even then hubby double checks every plug, bulb and connection, can’t be too cautious


  • Since the kids moved out, we haven’t bothered with Xmas decorations. We had our grandson fir Xmas 2018 and I did purchase some cheap decorations for the occasion. No dramas had


  • I refuse to buy anything with button batteries except a watch….all of them have them. I was going to buy a gorgeous toddler toy but couldn’t read some of the tiny printing on the packing. I took it to a staff member and asked what size batteries it took. It went back on the shelf. Toys in this household have to be at least AAA, preferably AA and the backs very tight fitting, preferably with small screws that need a philips head screwdriver.


  • yes our standards are high for a good reason! spend that extra money and be safe

    • I agree – it is just not worth the risk to cut corners and save dollars.


  • Definitely a situation where Australian made is best.


  • We don’t use Christmas lights because of the fire danger.


  • When in doubt just avoid decorations that need electricity or fire ;)


  • For several years I haven’t had a Christmas tree as I don’t trust my youngest around it. But the years I did do a Christmas tree I always chose not to add lights and wires at all.


  • We are very careful and always buy only quality decorations and only one extra addition for the Christmas tree every year.


  • ban them from sale here, simple


  • Always ensure any products meet the Australian safety standards!


  • Better to spend a little bit more for items that are safe and secure.


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