Some of us may have already started indulging in mince pies, putting on some Christmas music and being told it’s too early! But, before we know it, we’re all going to be singing carols and dancing around the Christmas tree! We all love the joy of the festive period but it does come with some safety risks that we should all be aware of whilst having fun and being merry. Below, we’ve listed some of our top electrical safety tips to ensure you protect your health and safety during the festive period.
Don’t Overload the Plugs
If there’s one thing that makes us think of Christmas, it’s fairy lights! In most cases, the more fairy lights, the better. However, lots of lights are only great if they remain safe. The first of our electrical safety tips is to not overload sockets with lots of plugs from lights. Where possible, try to avoid using extensions leads. There’s many fairy lights now that come on longer string with more lights to help to avoid the use of extension leads; therefore, if you’ve got a larger tree, you won’t need as many sets of lights, making it safer.
Replace the Damage
Have you got damaged lights? Replace them! So many of us are guilty for trying to make our Christmas decorations last for as many years as possible, however, if electrical items are damaged, they can be a huge risk to health and safety. Replacing any damaged decorations does not have to break the bank as many places now offer inexpensive lights for Christmas.
Turn It Off
The final of our electrical safety tips is to remember to turn off any electrical items when not in use. During the festive period, we use so many different electrical items! If you’re leaving the house, turn off the lights on the tree and any other lights or electrical decorations you may have. If you’ve been getting ready for a Christmas party, remember to turn off your electrical beauty appliances; not only will they be using your electricity, they’re also one of the biggest causes of house fires.
To find out more electrical safety tips for the festive period, or for any other electrical queries, get in touch with First Strike Electrical! Give us a call on 0203 633 4536 or fill out our online contact form.