It’s the holidays, folks, that most wonderful time of the year when millions of families get our ornaments, twinkling lights and motorized Santas from the loft or garage and get ready to tackle that favourite December pastime: DECORATING OUR HOME!!

While Christmas decorating is all about adding fun, sparkle and warmth to a very special Season, it’s important to remember that many of our favourite decorations carry the risk of fire or electrical injury if not used carefully.
Don’t let a preventable accident take the enjoyment out of your holidays – ARC Electrical can help with Installation and Safety.
Take a few minutes to read our decorating safety tips.

If you have old lights, seriously consider buying new ones which will meet much higher safety standards.


  • Always look for safety marks e.g. BS Kitemark.
  • Buy from a reputable store.
  • Avoid buying second-hand electrical goods unless you have them professionally checked first.
  • New lights are transformed down to 24 volt for added safety, or they may be double insulated.


  • Check your Christmas lights are not damaged or broken before use and look out for loose wires.
  • Ensure plugs and transformers are plugged in indoors, even if the lighting is suitable for outdoor use.
  • Keep lights away from flammable decorations and materials.
  • Don’t allow children to play with the lights.
  • Don’t run the cable under carpets or where it could damaged.
  • Avoid using candles when possible. Consider using battery-operated candles in place of traditional candles.


  • Use lights outdoors unless they are specially designed for such use.
  • Connect different lighting sets together.
  • Connect lights to the supply whilst they are still in the packaging.
  • Remove or insert bulbs while the wires are connected to the electrical supply.
  • Overload sockets – try to avoid the use of extension leads or adaptors.
  • Use lights that are damaged or faulty.
  • Attempt to repair faulty lights – ALWAYS replace them!!

We at ARC Electrical would like to wish Everyone a Very Happy & Safe Christmas!! Get in touch if you would like some more if you would like any more information.