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Christmas tree lights safety in your home

By KentOnline reporter

Christmas isn’t Christmas if the house and tree aren’t festooned with sparkling fairy lights, but Christmas tree lights can be dangerous, and a potential fire hazard.

Ashley Martin, public health project manager for the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), says: “If you have old lights, seriously consider buying new ones which will meet much higher safety standards.

“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.”

Make sure that you don't run the cable under carpets

What you should think about when buying your Christmas lights...

Look for safety marks such as 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

Don’t leave the lights on when the room is empty

Don’t leave the lights on when the room is empty

 

Always remember to...

NEVER insert or remove bulbs when switched on

Inspect cables and bulbs for damage

Not use lights that are damaged, dispose of them safely

Don't buy used lights unless you have them professionally checked first

Don't buy used lights unless you have them professionally checked first

 

What you should think about when using Christmas lights...

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 leave the house

Don’t allow children to play with the lights

Keep lights clear of decorations and other flammable materials

Keep lights clear of decorations and other flammable materials

 

How to store your Christmas lights...

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

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