Every year we go into our loft and bring down the Christmas tree lights – this year after reading some rather scary stories about faulty Christmas tree lights I have decided it is time to invest in some new lights. Let’s face it they won’t break the bank.
A few tips of what to look for when looking for your lights.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 go out of the house
- Don’t allow children to play with the 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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