Electrical safety at Christmas

December 16, 2017 3:25 pm Published by

Not long to go now until the Big Red Fella drops down the chimney. By now the Christmas tree is up, the presents are on their way from the online retailer and the kids are bouncing off the walls. All that remains is to pick up the turkey.

At Green Door Electrical we take electrical safety very seriously. We do not want your festive season to be spoilt. Follow this checklist so this Christmas is a cracker and not to be remembered for the wrong reasons.

  • Decorative lights – More than likely these will have been kept up in the loft for nearly a year. If there are any rodents up there, they love to nibble cables. Give them a thorough check over for any signs of wear or damage. Your light display may look spectacular, but do not leave them on when you go out or overnight.
  • Sockets – Have you noticed how your decorative light collection seems to grow each year! All those lights need to be plugged in somewhere. Resist the temptation to add further adapters into a socket bar. An overloaded socket is a major electrical fire risk. This handy interactive guide will ensure you do not exceed the maximum load.
  • Portable heaters and electric blankets – The temperature is really taking a dip at the moment. The portable heater and electric blanket will be a useful ally to keep you warm. As it won’t have seen the light of day for a while, please check over the unit, its cable and plug for any deterioration or damage.
  • Product registration – We purchase a huge range of electrical items as Christmas presents. Please ensure that they are registered at https://www.registermyappliance.org.uk. If you do not register a product, the manufacturer will not be able to get hold of you in cases of product recalls where the item is considered a danger to life.
  • Smoke alarms – Most domestic fires are caused by electricity. As seems to be the norm these days, that remote-controlled car from Auntie Irene doesn’t come with any batteries! The toy must be played with straight away. Where to get some batteries on Christmas Day without any shops being open? The temptation to remove them from your smoke alarm might seem like a great idea. Until you forget to replace them.

Now go and celebrate. Have a magical and safe Christmas from Green Door Electrical.

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