TAK­ING CARE

CHRIST­MAS LIGHTS

House Beautiful (UK) - - DECORATING OUTDOORS -

Al­ways read the safety in­struc­tions, re­place failed bulbs to avoid over­heat­ing, and switch lights off when go­ing to bed or go­ing out.

Use en­ergy-sav­ing LED bulbs, which emit less heat and cost less to use, make sure lights are con­nected via a 30mA RCD pro­tected socket, or con­sider us­ing bat­tery-op­er­ated lights to avoid hav­ing trail­ing wires.

Touch the wires ev­ery so of­ten to check they’re not over­heat­ing, and be care­ful with wires and elec­tric­ity near any sort of wa­ter – take care when wa­ter­ing the trees. Visit RoSPA at rospa.com for more in­for­ma­tion.

Check that lights con­form to Bri­tish Stan­dard (BS EN 60598). See gov.uk for more in­for­ma­tion.

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