The Festive check list
We know this time of year gets crazy, and this is when obvious things can be overlooked. If you are hosting friends and family and entertaining indoors or out at Christmas, or maybe you are taking off for a holiday, here are a few handy tips to help.
- Power boards are commonly over crowded and are then at risk of overheating when they’re left on for long periods of time. Unplug what’s not in use, including anything in sleep mode, make sure gadgets/appliances and boards are suited to one another.
- Turn power points off at the wall when appliances are not in use.
- When you are heading off on holiday, go through the house and turn off all power points, except the fridge of course, flick this to the "holiday" setting if you have the option, and unplug appliances.
- When getting your lights out, it's really important to check for fraying leads and if a lot of globes are out, its highly recommended you buy new lights as it could mean the leads are faulty.
- Look into installing a safety switch, which will detect any imbalance of power associated with electric shock, and stop it instantly.
- If there is no safety switch fitted to your home, use a portable one at the supply.
- Test your safety switch and smoke detector to make sure they are working.
- Keep live Christmas trees free of debris, sweep up loose pine needles especially if they are near electrical appliances.
- Always turn off decorative lighting before bed or leaving your house.
- Put the lights on your tree first and tinsel last, to keep it away from lights.
- Only use outdoor lights outdoors. Indoor lights are not safe to use outside (even on verandas). Outdoor lights meet additional safety standards.
- Don't run electrical leads over walkways or driveways where they might be damaged.
- Weatherproof your outdoor power points.
- Attach cords and lighting strings to fixtures with tape, cable ties, clips or clamps. Never use nails.
- Don't put Christmas lighting around or above swimming pools or have leads lying in or near water or wet areas.
- Always turn off outdoor decorative lighting in rainy or stormy weather.
- Consider using solar powered lights, LED or extra-low-voltage lights (12V or 24V) outside, as these are the safest options to prevent electric shock.
- Check that outdoor lights are away from overhead power lines leading to your house.
Enjoy the festive season and practice this, if something is not in use, turn off the juice …
Disclaimer:Advice provided is indicative only and individual circumstances will affect results. For further information on energy saving tips, please visit the websites listed below.
12 December 2014
Category: Lumo Community