Test and Tag Checklist for the Holidays

During the holidays, it’s important to take a moment and make sure that your property is protected in terms of electrical safety. Setting up holiday lights and decorations around your home or workplace can increase the risk of accidents, but those aren’t the only considerations you need to keep in mind.

In this test and tag holiday checklist, we’ll go over some important things you need to remember so that you can prevent electrical hazards during a time of celebration.


Electrical Devices to Test and Tag


1. Holiday Lights and Decorations

Putting up holiday lights and decorations can increase the risk of electrical mishaps on your property. To stay safe, make sure you:

  • Get your holiday lights and electricity-powered decorations properly tested and tagged before using them.
  • Check that they are safely switched off before installing them around your property.
  • Only use indoor lights and decorations inside.
  • Only use outdoor lights and decorations outside.
  • Avoid plugging in too many lights or decorations into one outlet or power cord.
  • Get your residual current device (RCD) tested before you plug in any lights.
  • Get your smoke alarms tested in case of a fire.

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2. Temperature-Controlling Appliances and Devices

The holiday season may require more frequent use of temperature-controlling appliances and devices to maintain comfortable temperatures within your property. These types of equipment come with a heightened risk of fire, so make sure you minimise the risks by:

  • Scheduling test and tag appointments for all your equipment, particularly those that are old or newly purchased.
  • Avoiding the use of double adaptors to power your equipment.
  • Never plugging high-wattage appliances into power boards. It is much safer to plug them directly into the wall.
  • Making sure your power boards come with overload protection.
  • Checking your equipment for any signs of damage.
  • Making sure extension leads are out of the way to prevent people from tripping on them and pulling the plug out of the socket, which may cause sparks and electrical surges.
  • Not placing extension leads under rugs or carpets to avoid overheating.



3. Appliances and Devices That Are Subject to More Frequent Use

Other electrical devices, such as dryers and cooking appliances, should also be considered. Because they will likely be subject to more frequent use during the holidays, you need to have them tested and tagged to ensure better safety.

Regular test and tag inspections will also help you take better care of these devices, helping ensure dependability during times you need them most.


Important Reminder: Check for Product Recalls to Minimise Risks

Finally, make sure to check the official page for New Zealand product recalls to make sure you’re not making any unsafe purchases for yourself or your loved ones. This is a handy resource that receives continuous updates, so you can check it regularly to preserve your peace of mind.


Test and Tag Experts You Can Rely On

For dependable testing and tagging services, including electrical safety compliance, regular maintenance, safety checks, and inspections, reach out to our fully qualified and friendly team of expert technicians.


We ensure that all our experts undergo continuous safety training, so you can guarantee that they are always up to date with the latest electrical safety requirements and guidelines.


We provide the following testing and tagging services to help keep your property safe:


  • Reminder Service – We will let you know before your equipment and appliances are due again for retesting so you don’t forget your next test and tag
  • Data Management Service – Aside from furnishing you with copies of your testing reports, we also keep accurate records of the results for you.
  • Recommendations for Repairs or Replacements of Faulty Items – We can provide you with recommendations regarding faulty items that need to be repaired or replaced.
  • Safe Work Method Statements (SWMS) – Every time we visit your home or business, we will conduct a risk assessment of your environment and report any hazards to you.


We have everything you need for electrical safety in one team, including a wide range of services like electrical testing and tagging, RCD inspections, and even microwave testing.


This is why Jim’s Test & Tag is the most trusted name for electrical testing and tagging services all throughout New Zealand.


Get a free quote on our testing and tagging services, or give us a call at 0800 454 654 to learn more.