The festive season is well and truly upon us and many of us will shortly begin the festive decoration of our homes and workplaces. Whilst we all endeavour to enjoy all the season offers, accidents can and unfortunately do happen. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents have published their top tips for fun and safe decoration, focusing specifically on lighting safety.
Christmas lights safety
If you have old lights, seriously consider buying new ones which will meet much higher safety standards.
- Look for safety marks e.g. BS Kitemark
- Buy from a reputable store
- Avoid buying second-hand unless you have them professionally checked first
- New lights are transformed down to 24 volt for added safety, or they may be double insulated.
- Never insert or remove bulbs when switched on
- Inspect cables and bulbs for damage
- Do not use lights which are damaged – dispose of them safely.
- Read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions
- Use an RCD (residual current device) for added protection against shock
- Do not use the lights outdoors unless specifically made for such use
- Don’t run the cable under carpets or where it can be damaged
- Keep lights clear of decorations and other flammable materials
- Avoid cables becoming a tripping hazard
- Use a stable support when hanging the lights
- Don’t leave the lights on when the room is empty. Remember to switch them off when you go to bed and when you go out of the house
- Don’t allow children to play with the lights.
- Take care when dismantling and packing the lights not to damage them
- Keep them safely stored away out of reach of children
- Avoid damp or excessively hot conditions
Blue Mountain Group wish you all the compliments of the season and hope your Christmas is enjoyable and safe.