With almost five million Brits having already put up their Christmas decorations, Chelmsford Electricians are warning residents in Essex to stay safe over the festive period.
The UK’s leading body for registered electricians, NICEIC, have said that many householders are often unaware of the dangers that can arise from plugging in Christmas decorations around the home. Christmas light displays are of course one of the best bits of Christmas, with many households really going to town to transform their houses into multi-coloured festive spectaculars each year.
It’s important not to get too carried away and to make sure safety is always put first, so here are a few tips on how to stay safe this Christmas.
Buying Christmas lights
When you’re looking to buy new Christmas lights, make sure they are from a reputable store so that they have been professionally checked first. New lights are transformed down to 24 volts for added safety, and are often double insulated.
Checking the lights
Never insert or remove bulbs from a circuit when the Christmas lights are switched on. Before decorating your house with the lights, be sure to inspect all of the cables and bulbs for any damage; If you can see a fault in the lights then dispose of them safely at a recycling centre.
Using the Christmas lights
Read and follower the manufacturer’s instructions when installing Christmas lights, as they can give you information on how to use them, correct spacing etc. When buying new lights, make sure to check whether they are for use indoors or outdoors as they are specifically made for one or the other. When a room is empty, make sure to turn the lights off. Doing so prevents the likelihood of overheating or a fire from starting as a result of overheating.
How to store lights
When it comes to storing the Christmas lights, take care to dismantle and pack them away so to not damage them. Store them in a dry, cool place to rest until next year!
Remember – accidents don’t need to happen with the right protection and safety levels.