We are almost at the peak of Christmas 2018, and nearly everywhere we look there are magical sparkly lights. On our trees, windows, even our guttering is twinkling!
Although beautiful to look at (I am a sucker for a grotto!) they can pose a fire risk if not taken care of properly. Of course nobody wants to think about depressing circumstances at this time of the year, but the fact is Christmas lights can easily become unsafe after being hidden away for 12 months.
We have thought of a few little tips to keep your Christmas merry and avoid any dramas at this joyful time…well electrical related dramas anyway!
- CHECK YOUR TREE LIGHTS – They’ve been tucked away for the best part of a year, so a quick check on your festive lights needs to be one of the first things you do. Check for any loose wires, and if all the bulbs are working. If you do need to get any replacement bulbs make sure they are like for like. Most importantly do not leave your lights on overnight or whilst you are out for long periods of time, they can easily overheat.
- MOVE DECORATIONS AWAY FROM HEAT AND FLAME – As tempting as it is to litter your home with Christmas decorations (and pretty) please be mindful where you place them. I don’t need to tell you the dangers of fabrics and an open flame, so make sure everything is placed well out of the way of any candles, heaters and any other flames. Once the flame reaches any of your electrical appliances, the fire will take hold within seconds.
- DON’T OVERLOAD YOUR SOCKETS- Extension leads are a god send this time of year, one little plug and you can get your whole house illuminated. However there is a very real danger of overloading the socket. Use only the amp ratings that are suitable for the socket, it should tell you on the underside of any extension leads the maximum amp it can safely take.
From all of us here at RJ Electrical & Security Ltd, we wish you a very happy and safe Christmas xxx