with thanks to trading Standards for this….
It’s that time of year again when you need to climb up into the loft and bring down the Christmas decorations to be strung up throughout the house.
A house fire, most likely sparked by faulty Christmas tree lights, envelopes a living room in a shocking 46 seconds. Fire Kills wants everyone to enjoy their Christmas. Check your Christmas tree lights are in good condition, turn them off before you go to bed and be safe at home over the festive season. Keeping your tree well watered can also prevent fire from taking hold.
Fire kills – you can prevent it.
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- Look for safety marks on the plug e.g. BS Kitemark.
- Only buy your lights from a reputable retailer.
- Avoid buying second-hand unless you have had them professionally checked first.
- NEVER insert or remove bulbs when switched on.
- Inspect the cable and the bulbs for damage – look out for loose or worn wires.
- Do not use lights which are damaged, dispose of them safely.
- Use an RCD (residual current device) for added protection against shock.
- Do not use the lights outdoors unless they are specifically made for such use.
- Keep lights clear of decorations and other flammable materials.
- 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.
- Test the batteries in your smoke alarm every week. Never remove them.
- When you put your lights back into storage after the holidays, make sure to put them in a well-sealed container to prevent possible damage.