Are your Christmas lights safe?
This weekend you might have been told to get the Christmas decorations out as attention turns towards December. All over the North West, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.
After 12 months packed away in the loft, Christmas lights can easily become electrically unsafe.
To help prevent the most common electrical problems with Christmas lights, and to enjoy a safe and happy festive season, Ben Carter Electrical Contracting Services recommend the following simple precautions and checks.
Check your Christmas lights are not broken or damaged before use and look out for any loose wires
Ensure that any outdoor lights are connected via a 30mA RCD protected socket
Ensure plugs plugged in indoors, even if the lighting is suitable for outdoor use
Keep lights away from flammable decorations and materials that can burn easily
Read and follow the manufacturers' instructions at all times
Replace failed lamps immediately to prevent overheating
Switch your lights off and unplug them before you go to bed or go out
Use only replacement bulbs of the same type and rating as those originally supplied with the lights
Attempt to repair faulty lights - replace them
Connect different lighting sets together
Connect lights to the supply whilst still in the packaging
Overload sockets - try to avoid the use of extension leads or adaptors
Remove or insert lamps while the chain is connected to the supply
Use lights outdoors unless they are specially designed for such use
Use lights that are damaged or faulty
Ben Carter Electrical Contracting Services recommends the use of LED over traditional filament Christmas lighting because:
They are a great deal more efficient to run and good at saving energy so are more environmentally friendly.
They are estimated to use 80-90% less electricity than filament lamps so they are less expensive to run and typically last up to 60 times longer.
·They are more durable. Because LED lights are made of a special plastic with no filament, there are no glass lamps to break.
They operate at extra-low voltage which significantly reduces the risk of electric shock.
They use much less power, generating little heat and so reducing the risk of fire and burns. This makes them safer to use.
Finally, and as an extra precaution this Christmas. Remember to check your smoke alarms!
We hope your house looks fantastic this Christmas.
Ben Carter Electrical Contracting Services.
For more information on any of the above, and to make sure your home is winter ready from an electrical point of view.