Christmas Lighting Safety – Easy checks and precautionsFollowing on from the post last week here is the second installment in the guide to keeping safe at Christmas.
Things you should always do:
- Carefully read all instructions and keep those instructions for the next time you need to use the lights.
- Make sure the Christmas lights are not broken or damaged before you plug them in, make sure no wires are loose.
- Only replace lamps that are the same rating and type as the originals.
- Ensure that your outdoor Christmas lights are connected via an RCD to protect against fire risk.
- Any lamps that have failed need to be replaced straight away. If the can’t replace the lamps than buy new LED lights.
- If you have outdoor lighting make sure the transformers and plugs are indoors.
- Before bed ensure that your Christmas lights are switched off.
- To prevent fire keep the lights away from items in the home that could easily catch fire.
- Kepp the original packaging so that your lights can be stored safely. Do Not keep in damp or overly hot conditions.
- Only use lights outdoors that are specifically designed for outdoor use.
- Do not connect different lighting sets together
- Do not plug your Christmas lights into the mains whilst they are still in the packaging.
- Do not insert bulbs while they are plugged into the mains.
- Do not overload sockets and try and avoid the use of extensions and adaptors.
- Do not allow children to play with the lights.
- Replace lights instead of trying to repair them.
- And finally, never use lights that are faulty or damaged.