Our electrical contractors in Liverpool are called out to rescue Christmas for numerous individuals over the festive period. While putting up the decorations is often seen as a fun family occasion, there are still certain aspects to putting up your lights that need to be taken into consideration to prevent a trip to A & E.
With the levity of decorating a tree and, dare we say it, when sherry or mulled wine get involved, many people seem to forget that these pretty sparkling lights are flooded with electricity. Not only that, people go to great lengths to put their decorations just where they want them, often putting themselves in silly and dangerous positions, so we’re here to pass on our festive wisdom and offer you some sage and seasonal lighting advice.
Keep Them Unplugged
When you are decorating your tree or you are putting your lights up around the house, be sure to keep them unplugged. Test them first by plugging them in and seeing which bulbs are working, but keep them unplugged when you are handling them. More importantly, when you are changing any bulbs or fuses, you must keep them unplugged. We don’t need to tell you the potential dangers of not doing so!
Measure Where You Are Decorating
OK, this may seem a little over the top, but not only can it help you spread your decor much more evenly, it can prevent any issues of overstretching your lights. Doing so can cause damage to the lights, or even the protective plastic coating. If the coating becomes damaged then you risk the serious matter of electrocution.
Careful At Heights
This isn’t so much electrical, but it is an issue that can occur when decorating your house. Make sure you aren’t getting yourself into gymnastic-esq positions, stretching at height to get your light in place. Also, avoid the inevitable fall that awaits you from using a swivel chair… We shouldn’t have to say this, but it happens!
Ditch the Damaged
If you notice your lights are in any way damaged, then it is best to get rid of them. As we have said, while they may be eye-catching and dainty, Christmas lights are just snakes of electricity, so don’t allow them any opportunity to unleash their venom. If it’s something as fixable as a broken bulb or a blown fuse, make sure you unplug them… but you knew that already.
Most people’s houses are flooded with that electricity-stuff tenfold over Christmas, so make sure you exercise commonsense. If you find that there are any electrical issues that are just too big, or that you would like a professional to cast their eye over, don’t hesitate to get in touch. You can contact us on 0151 482 5534, where we are always eager to make your home or workplace that bit safer.