From overloaded sockets to dodgy fairy lights, Christmas can bring its share of electrical dangers. Whether you’re cooking up a festive feast, or displaying your outdoor lights, it’s important to stay safe and take steps to prevent potential electrical hazards.
We are sharing top tips from Electrical Safety First for a safe Christmas. So, get ready for the festive season and celebrate with peace of mind.
Here’s the top tips for a truly magical Christmas:
- Christmas lights brighten up homes across the UK but can be an electrical safety risk. Give the lights a break - switch them off when you're not there to enjoy them. Everything you need to know about using Christmas lights.
- As you brighten up your space with light decorations, make sure you avoid overloading your sockets and extension leads.
- Stay safe in the kitchen when you're cooking up a festive feast. Ensure you don’t leave objects lying around the hob when in use, such as tea towels or utensils, as these could catch fire.
- If an appliance is not in use, remember to switch it off. Don’t risk it in the run up to Christmas.
- Buy your presents from reputable retailers. Our Don’t Be Electricked page includes a safe shopping guide which will help you steer clear of counterfeit goods when shopping online.
- E-bike and e-scooters are becoming increasingly popular. But it's vital you buy them from reputable retailers and use the original charger that comes with the product. See our tips for e-bike and e-scooter safety.
- If you’re looking to stay warm, remember to keep your electric heater at least a metre away from combustible materials, such as paper, furniture or curtains. Find our advice on heater safety.
- Getting ready for a Christmas party? Look good and stay safe with our guide to using electrical beauty products safely.
- Did you know that a real tree can catch fire a lot quicker than a fire retardant artificial one? If you have a real Christmas tree, make sure that you keep it well watered. Real trees can absorb up to a litre of water a day and it's important that you don't let it dry out.