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Staying safe at Christmas 
13/12/2012 
 
Christmas lights look great, they put a smile on your face and brighten up your workplace, however a word of caution - dont let your Christmas become the reason for you losing your premises, your business or your job!! 
 
Your lights are only used once a year, please take the time to check the following safety tips: 
 
Fairy Lights and Christmas Tree Lights 
 
check lights aren’t damaged or broken and look out for loose or worn wires 
check the fuse in the plug is the right size – the lights’ packaging should tell you the maximum size of fuse you should use 
don’t overload sockets 
replace any bulbs that blow 
switch lights off when you go to bed or leave the house 
don’t let the bulbs touch anything that can burn easily, like paper or fabrics and other Christmas tree decorations 
avoid damp or excessively hot conditions 
 
Unsure about the safety of your Christmas lights? Don’t use them. 
 
 
Indoor and outdoor decorative lights 
 
You could use light-emitting diode bulbs indoors – known as LED lights. LED lights work at a lower voltage than traditional bulbs so there is less risk of electric shock. 
 
You can also buy Christmas lights with a low voltage transformer. The transformer reduces the normal voltage so the lights are safer to use. 
 
If you want to use decorative lights outside, you should make sure they are designed for outdoor use only and are connected through an RCD-protected socket. A residual current device (RCD) protects against electric shock by disconnecting the electricity if the current is uneven. An RCD is sometimes called a safety switch or circuit breaker and costs about £10. 
 
You should make sure you know where your fuse box is so that you can turn it off quickly in an emergency. A fuse box is sometimes called a consumer unit. 
HAVE A HAPPY AND SAFE CHRISTMAS! 
FROM EVERYBODY AT FIREWATCH 
 
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