Make sure you don’t look like a Christmas turkey by following these electrical safety tips.

1. Don’t overload extension leads

It can be very tempting to turn your house into a festive beacon, but make sure you spread out the load across a number of sockets. Electrical outlets can only manage a certain amount of wattage. When they are overloaded you risk causing a fire. Also, remember to only use outdoor extensions leads that are approved for outdoor use!

2. Check your lights

Once you’ve recovered the Christmas decorations from their hiding place in the loft, and earned yourself a mince pie for your efforts, the first job is to check your lights. Check for loose connections, exposed wires and damage. If your lights aren’t in good condition, it’s time to invest in some new LEDs – which are cheaper to run than incandescent lights.

3. Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree

You’ve covered the tree in lights and tinsel and it looks glorious. If you have a real tree, make sure it is as fresh as possible and keep it well watered. A dry tree can become a fire hazard. If you have a fake tree, make sure it is fire resistant. Whatever tree you go for, keep it well away from any heaters or fires.

4. Candles

Why not replace festive candles with battery operated lights. You can buy very realistic fake candles. Removing flames will make your home a much safer place.

5. Turn off the lights

When you go to bed or leave the house, make sure all your lights are turned off at the mains plug. Rest assured, Father Christmas will still be able to find your house on Christmas Eve.

We wish you an electrical safe Christmas!

More useful links

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