Majority of the UK will be putting up their Christmas decorations this weekend, and with everyone wanting to ‘out do’ their neighbours on who has the most brightly lit house, here are some tips from NICEIC and Rose Jackson on how to stay electrical safe this Christmas.

More thought is going into Christmas decorations than ever before, from elaborate tree dressing to light-up Santa’s on display. With this in mind, NICEIC, the UK’s leading body for registered electricians, is reminding homeowners to be aware of the dangers that can arise from plugging in additional Christmas décor around the home; much of which has lain dormant for 11 months.

With the nation’s Christmas love affair getting grander each year, Darren Staniforth, technical expert at NICEIC, provides his advice of keeping electrics safe this festive season: The Christmas lights display is one of the best bits of Christmas. Many households really go to town in transforming their houses into multi-coloured festive extravaganzas each year – however it’s important not to get too carried away and to always put safety first.

“Some householders will plug in far too many lights on one socket which can lead to overloading, while others opt to re-wire their lights to include multiple sets which can pose a potential fire risk. Many will be unaware of the additional dangers that can arise, but we hope that with a bit of common sense and due care we can limit any Christmas catastrophes and that everyone can enjoy their time safely.”

Darren’s advice includes:

Much of the extra equipment required for elaborate plug-in decorations may need an electrical supply to power it and Christmas is traditionally a time of year when fires, caused by electrical issues, are most likely to happen. If using lighting or electrical decorations outside, further tips include:

For further information or to search for a registered electrician in your area visit www.niceic.com.