Christmas Electrical Safety Tips
14th December 2016
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It’s Christmas and time to put up your decorations and make your house nice and festive, but after twelve months of being locked away in the loft, your Christmas Tree lights and Outdoor Lights can become electrically unsafe.

Her are some tips on how to prevent some of the most common electrical problems with your Christmas twinkly lights:

  • Make certain you read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Before putting your lights up, ensure they are not damaged or broken – look out for loose wires.
  • If you need replacement bulbs, ensure you use bulbs of the same types and rating as the originals.
  • Ensure outdoor lights are connected via a 30mA RCD protected socket – talk to a qualified electrical tradesman more information.
  • If lights fail replace them immediately to prevent overheating
  • Make sure plugs and transformers are plugged in indoors, even if the lighting is suitable for outdoor use.
  • Turn lights off before you go to bed or go out.
  • Keep your lights away from flammable decorations and materials that can burn easily
  • Only use outdoor lights outside
  • Never connect different lighting sets together
  • Don’t overload sockets – try and avoid adapters and extension leads
  • Don’t repair faulty lights – replace them

For any questions you have relating to electrical safety, contact a qualified local electrician and remember – stay safe this Christmas.


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