A NEW REPORT HAS REVEALED THAT OVER THREE QUARTERS OF COMPLACENT BRITS ARE LEAVING THEIR HOMES AT RISK OF ELECTRICAL FAULT AND POTENTIAL FIRE AT CHRISTMAS
- 9 in 10 UK homes will be decorated this Christmas
- 4 in 5 Brits admit to going 'over the top' with their lights and decorations
- Nearly half (49%) of homeowners have never had their home electrics checked or do not know when their electrics were last checked.
Techniserve Ltd. Recommends the follow tips to ensure your home is electrically safe this Christmas:-
Do not overload sockets - Try to avoid excessive use of extension sockets and adapters.
Do not plug multiple extensions into each other.
Do not re-wire your lights - Many homeowners will be tempted, or have already rewired lights to include 2, 3 or sometimes 4 sets of lights into a single plug. This is dangerous and is a potential fire risk.
Make sure lights you use outside are certified safe for external use - Only use outdoor lights that have been specifically designed to be used outdoors. If you are unsure check the manufacturers' instructions.
Do not leave lights on for long periods - Many homes will be tempted to keep lights on for 24 hours, overnight or even more concerning, leave them on when they go out. All Christmas lights increase the risk of fire and overloading and should only be switched on whilst you are at home.
Always use Christmas lights that have been certified for use - This can be identified by the European Standards Symbol (represented by a CE) and the British Standards Kitemark. If in doubt, don't use them. Always buy lights from reputable stores.
Ensure your house electrics are checked - An 'Electrical Installation Condition Report' carried out by Techniserve Ltd. Will provide a comprehensive report on the condition of your electrics including any recommendations or improvements required.