It is so easy to get caught up in the festive spirit that many people can forget to take simple steps to stay safe.
Modern living means we are using more and more electrical appliances in our homes. Just twenty years ago, the average UK home would have had a hi-fi system and one TV. Today, we have at least two TVs, a DVD player, a satellite receiver, games console, microwave, computer and more. So, the risk of electrical accidents in the home is much higher than before.
Here are our 10 handy tips to help make sure you and your family enjoy the holiday period and stay safe.
1. Make sure your Christmas tree lights meet British safety standards.
2. Always switch off and unplug Christmas lights before you go to bed.
3. Check your Christmas lights are not damaged or broken before use and look out for loose wires.
4. Never overload electrical sockets and extension leads. Stay safe and check the maximum load here using an overload calculator.
5. Remember to test the battery in your smoke or carbon monoxide alarm, clean them and remove any dust.
6. If you have any unbranded phone chargers, make sure they are turned off before you go to bed or leave the house as they may not have been as rigorously safety checked as a branded product.
If you use heated hair appliances such as straighteners or curling tongs, make sure they are kept away from carpets and curtains. Use a heat proof mat and remember to switch them off after use.
7. Check flexible cables to appliances before you plug them in. Check for damage, wear and tear and that the plug is fastened securely to the cable. Don’t use the appliance unless it and its cable are in good condition.
8. Watch out for fake electrical products online over the Christmas period, if it seems too good to be true then it probably is. Click here for a guide on how to avoid fake products and what to do if you have bought one.
9. Get rid of and replace damaged extension leads – never repair them.