Ripley Town Council published Electrical Safety Advice for Christmas
18th December 2012
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Don't put your home and loved ones at risk when you deck the halls with twinkling Christmas Lights - Top Tips From the Electrical Safety Council

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

Do have a happy and safe Christmas followed by a healthy and prosperous 2013

For more information and advice from your local town council, visit their website here

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