Here at J Kirby Electrical in Hove, our electricians would like to wish all our customers a very merry Christmas and a happy new year. We would also like to take this time to thank you for your continued support this year. As we edge ever so closer to Christmas, J Kirby Electrical are here to give you some electrical safety tips so you and your family can celebrate safely.
Probably one of the most important, always switch your Christmas lights off overnight and when leaving the house. Lights can overheat and be a fire hazard to its important to only have them on when you’re at home, so you are there if any issues arise. Old Christmas lights are more of a risk and you should always check for damaged wires before putting them up.
Another important thing to check is that you are using your lights correctly, all lights will show if they are indoor or outdoor use, so just double check this! And finally, if you are using an extension lead to power your Christmas lights, make sure its damage free and in safe working order. Also make sure it’s tucked away safely so no one trips over it after a few too many wines.
For many of us, choosing a real Christmas tree to decorate is the highlight of the holiday. However real Christmas trees are much more likely to catch fire than artificial tree’s.
Real Christmas tree Do’s and Don’ts:
- Do only decorate your tree using safe indoor lights.
- Do keep your tree well-watered.
- Don’t place your tree near any heat sources like fireplaces or heaters.
- Don’t overload your sockets with Christmas tree lights.
With the excitement of festive gatherings and parties, don’t forget to unplug those hair straighteners or curlers before going out. This is a big fire risk so just double check. If your one of those people who always second guess yourself take a picture before leaving so it doesn’t ruin your night.
The big one, Christmas day dinner. Christmas day is all about spending time with family and eating lots and lots of delicious food. However, it’s important to not leave any food unattended while cooking. Just make sure you’re checking in every so often, after all burning the turkey is the last thing everyone wants. When it comes to burning brandy on your Christmas pudding, take extra care, it’s not something you want to do after too many drinks.
We hope you have a safe Christmas and a happy new year!