Christmas Tree Lights – Safety Tips

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.

Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service and Suffolk Trading Standards would like you to take a few moments to run through a quick safety checklist before you flick the switch to dazzle your friends and family with your spectacular light show, and to also ask you to watch the following video which highlights the danger of faulty lights on your tree.

 Safety Checklist

  1. Look for safety marks on the plug e.g. BS Kitemark.
  2. Only buy your lights from a reputable retailer.
  3. Avoid buying second-hand unless you have had them professionally checked first.
  4. NEVER insert or remove bulbs when switched on.
  5. Inspect the cable and the bulbs for damage – look out for loose or worn wires.
  6. Do not use lights which are damaged, dispose of them safely.
  7. Use an RCD (residual current device) for added protection against shock.
  8. Do not use the lights outdoors unless they are specifically made for such use.
  9. Keep lights clear of decorations and other flammable materials.
  10. 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.
  11. Test the batteries in your smoke alarm every week. Never remove them.
  12. 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.

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