Electrical safety tips at Christmas

The big day is right around the corner, at PG Electrics in Ebbw Vale we want you and your loved ones to have a very merry and bright Christmas full of laughter, joy and of course Chocolate! All we ask from you is to be mindful and responsible over the festive period. To stay safe at Christmas all you need to do is follow our top five steps. 

Use extension leads safely

Many of us will require an extension lead to power lights on our Christmas trees and other festive decorations. Extension leads are a short-term solution – they can easily overheat if overloaded and if not properly tucked away can be a huge trip hazard. You should never double up, or overload extension leads and always double check for damage before use. Lastly never run them beneath rugs and use cable protectors if necessary. 

Christmas lights

For many of us Christmas lights are a huge part of Christmas – they bring joy and create the perfect cosy setting to sit down and watch a classic Christmas film. However, even Christmas lights can be pose a danger if used irresponsibly. When using outdoor lights make sure they are weatherproof and have an IP ratting of at least 44, 65 if possible. The higher the number the better protection against the elements. When illuminating your tree opt for LED indoor lights, they are much less likely to overheat. 

Real Christmas trees

Have you opted for a real Christmas tree? If so, be mindful they can catch fire much easier than artificial trees. To limit fire risks, position your tree well away from any heat source and keep them well watered. 

Counting down to the 25th…🎅🏻

Everyone knows how stressful the run up to Christmas day is but please keep electrical safety in mind at all times. We would like to wish all of our customers, both past and future a very happy Christmas and optimistic new year. How are you staying safe this Christmas?