This weekend, many of us will be dusting of our Christmas decorations. However, when it comes to untangling the fairy lights, fire safety experts have a Christmas light fire warning.
ADT’s fire safety expert Peter Lackey warns that 50 per cent of domestic fires are a result of electrical faults. The added burden of festive lighting only increases this fire risk.
Christmas lights fire warning – How to stay safe quick links
- Four Gang Extension Lead: £6, John Lewis & Partners
- Fairy Lights WISD Low Voltage Christmas Lights: Was £18.79, Now £15.03, Amazon
- Multi-coloured retro bulb LED lights: Was £12, Now £9, Argos
- Red Berry Snow Tree 6ft: Was £40, Now £60
There is one silly mistake that many of us make that could be putting us at an even greater fire risk – overcrowding electrical outlets. By that we mean plugging in an extension cord and loadingit up with strings and strings of fairy lights.
It might look pretty, but it is far from safe.
‘Never overcrowd electrical outlets and only use extension cords when necessary,’ explains Peter. ‘Overwhelming units by ‘daisy chaining’ extensions can lead to higher chances of an electrical fire.’
If you do need to use an extension cord, make sure it is from a reputable retail outlet advises Peter. It needs to conform to British standards and be CE market.
Four Gang Extension Lead: £6, John Lewis & Partners
This is one items you should not scrimp on in price. This extension lead meets British standards so you can use with piece of mind. But still be cautious not to overcrowd it.
Before plugging in any of last years Christmas lights check for any frayed wires or damage. A set of good quality Christmas lights should last about six seasons if properly looked after. However, if you spot any issues get rid of them immediately.
Peter’s final tip is to opt for LED tree lights as an extra safety measure. ‘LED tree lights are safer than older bulb-lit alternatives and battery-operated tree lights are safer still!’ he explains.
Be safe this Christmas, go easy on the lights. Remember to opt for LED version and turn them off when not in use.