Xmas Safety Measures

13th December 2013

Electrical Safety at Christmas From Electricity Safety Council

Colourful fairy lights – both indoor and outdoor – are a popular part of our Christmas decorations. But are you putting your home and your loved ones at risk when you deck the halls with twinkling lights?

Follow our simple advice to enjoy a safe and happy Christmas.

Christmas Lights – Top Tips

To help prevent the most common electrical problems with Christmas lights, we recommend the following simple precautions and checks.


read and follow the manufacturers’ instructions
check your Christmas lights are not damaged or broken before use and look out for loose wires
use only replacement bulbs of the same type and rating as those originally supplied with the lights
ensure all outdoor lights are conneted via a 30mA RCD protected socket
replace failed lamps immediately to prevent overheating
ensure plugs and transformers are plugged in indoors, even if the lighting is suitable for outdoor use
switch your lights off and unplug them before you go to bed or go out
keep lights away from flammable decorations and materials that can burn easily

use lights outdoors unless they are specially designed for such use
connect different lighting sets together
connect lights to the supply whilst still in the packaging
remove or insert lamps while the chain is connected to the supply
overload sockets – try to avoid the use of extension leads or adaptors
allow children or pets to play with Christmas lights
attempt to repair faulty lights – replace them
use lights that are damaged or faulty

And just as a warning please watch this frightening video clip.

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