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Autor: | Mittwoch, 14. Dezember 2011 | Kommentare

The holidays are here and many of us are working away at decorating our homes. For most, this includes strings of colourful lights, inside and out.

Unfortunately, this all too often leads to a rise in electrical fires and dangerous electrical shocks. Here are a few tips to ensure that your holiday season is free of electrical mishaps:

•    Make sure you’re using the correct lights in the proper places (all lights should be labelled “suitable for indoor use only” or “suitable for outdoor use”)

•    If you have small children or pets, select lights that use a lower voltage

•    Do not buy lights from other countries, as the safety standards (and voltage) may be different

•    Don’t buy second-hand lights

•    Take a close look at lights you’ve used in previous years (check for exposed wires, missing bulbs, damages of any kind) and if you find any faults, have an electrician approve them before using

•    If you have a live tree, unplug the lights before watering it

You can find more Christmas electrical safety tips courtesy of the Electrical Safety Council (ESC) here (.pdf)

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