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Christmas Tree Lights Safety

Christmas Tree Lights Safety

We do not sell Christmas Lights but we do feel that safety is paramount. Please read below:

For many of us Christmas is a time for rest, relaxation and over indulgence, however the festive period can bring its own risks and hazards, none more so than the risk that Christmas lighting can pose. Each year an alarming number of house fires are attributed to decorative lights and whilst the number is falling the result of Christmas lights failing can be devastating, as illustrated by a government safety video.

An enduring childhood memory is of my father scrabbling about on his knees barking orders at me and my brothers as we untangled what seemed like miles of christmas tree lighting and replaced failed bulbs.

Many old style Christmas tree lights were wired in a series with the bulbs screwed into their sockets, this meant that if one went out you had to keep taking out the bulbs in the strand until you found the faulty bulb. This wouldn’t have been so bad but for the fact that the foreman was my father and that the bulbs got hot enough to strip the skin straight from your hands. In fact the heat emitted by old style lights has ignited more than one Christmas tree.

The government and fire services nationwide recommend that you seriously consider buying new, up to date lights to adorn your Christmas tree and home with as these will meet with much higher safety standards. RoSPA, The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents provide some really useful general safety tips for Christmas lighting in the home...

Buying

  • Look for safety marks e.g. 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


Checking

  • NEVER insert or remove bulbs when switched on
  • Inspect cables and bulbs for damage
  • Do not use lights which are damaged, dispose of them safely


Using

  • 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 specially 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 lights on when the room is empty. Switch them off when you go to
    bed and when you leave the house
  • Don't allow children to play with the lights


Storing

  • 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



Additional tips from Lights4Living

  • While any Christmas trees can pose a fire risk, natural trees are more likely to catch fire than artificial ones. This is especially true if they dry out, rather than being kept moist. Remember to keep your tree well watered.

  • In most cases electrical failures cause Christmas trees to catch fire, although heat sources too close to the tree, such as decorative lighting, candles and open fires may also pose a risk. Think carefully about the positioning of your tree.

  • LED Christmas lights have become most popular in recent years and help to reduce the risk of fires as they emit far less heat than traditional incandescent bulbs. They also consume a great deal less power and as such will help to minimise the cost of your festive lighting.