ACCIDENT statistics from previous years indicate that 80,000 people will go to their local A&E departments over the 12 days of Christmas.
One thousand of these people will be suffering from "Christmas tree-related injuries".
Although this type of statistic is always amusing (and hard to believable) it is a good idea to take some commonsense precautions with regard to Christmas tree lights used to brighten up the offices, the showroom or the staff kitchen.
Commonsense precautions for decorative lights include:
l If the Christmas lights have not been looked at since last January when they were put away, give them and any associated electrical extension leads a visual inspection looking for signs of any obvious damage
l Use an RCD breaker at power socket outlet and check the breaker works
l If lights are to be used outside, make sure they are suitable for exterior use
l Check the routes for the electrical trailing leads to prevent trip hazards or damage to the power cables
l Keep flammable materials away from lights
l Switch off lights overnight
l Remember to include decorative lights and power leads in any programme of portable appliance testing. It is not necessary to test new lights if they have been purchased from reputable sources and display a BS Kitemark.
For further information on electrical safety, contact Wilby Risk Management – but don’t let your fairy lights spoil your Christmas!