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Electrical Fire Safety Week

This is Electrical Fire Safety Week, and we are focusing on the potential risks involved around the home during the Christmas period.

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.

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