Candles, decorations and decorative lights are a growing cause of fires.
Find out how to reduce the risks caused by electrical decorative lighting and what lights to use inside and outside your home.
It is important to keep safety in mind whenever you use candles at home.
You should take care where you decide to put candles in your home. Candles are best placed:
Make sure you put out candles before moving them and don't let anything fall into the hot wax, like matchsticks.
Never leave a candle unattended. Make sure you:
Candles and night lights are often used in celebrations for Christmas, Diwali and other festivals.
Make sure you don't put candles in, or by, a Christmas tree, plants, flowers or other foliage.
You should also take care to keep ribbons, festive decorations made of tissue paper or cardboard, and greetings cards away from heaters, lights, fireplaces and candles.
Fairy lights and Christmas tree lights don't get used very often, so you should make sure they are in good working order before using them:
If you are unsure about the safety of last year's Christmas lights, don't use them.
For indoor lighting you could use light-emitting diode bulbs - they are usually called LED lights.
LED lights work at a lower voltage than traditional bulbs so there is less risk of electric shock.
You can also buy Christmas lights with a low voltage transformer. The transformer reduces the normal voltage so the lights are safer to use.
If you want to use decorative lights outside, you should make sure they are designed for outdoor use only and are connected through an RCD-protected socket. A residual current device (RCD) protects against electric shock by disconnecting the electricity if the current is uneven. An RCD is sometimes called a safety switch or circuit breaker and costs about £10.
You should make sure you know where your fuse box is so that you can turn it off quickly in an emergency. A fuse box is sometimes called a consumer unit.
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