Christmas Lights Safety

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If you have old lights, seriously consider buying new ones which will meet much higher safety standards.

Buying

  • 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.

Checking

  • 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.

Using

  • 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.

Storing

  • 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.

General

Please remember - accidents need not happen, you can protect yourself and your loved ones from injury by following RoSPA's safety advice for a safe Christmas.


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