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Keeping your Christmas Lights Safe This Year

16 Dec 2014

Christmas Lights


We love to see lots of colourful lights at Christmas and seem to be using more and more lights to decorate our homes each year. This has been made more possible with the influx of cheap imported lighting. However, to have a safe and happy festive season please make sure your lights are safe! 

Make sure you’re not putting your family, home or work premises at risk. In recent years there has been an increase in reported accidents to UK Trading Standards.

It is a legal requirement that all commercial properties undertake a PAT test but domestic properties will be at greater risk as they don’t have to. Follow these simple precautions from the Electrical Safety Council as listed below.
 
ALWAYS:
•    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 connected 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

NEVER:
•    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