Christmas is nearly upon us. Its a joyful time of year. For me Christmas is about spending time with loved ones and enjoying the festive cheer. But Christmas can also be a bit of pain, if your not prepared.
You see Christmas comes with its own set of issues, around Christmas we spend a lot more time indoors because its cold and because we’re spending time with loved ones, thus using more electricity. Also many people get new gadgets and electrical items at this time of year, again using more electricity.
Electrical Presents at Christmas
Every time we add a new item to our electrical system, it puts more and more strain on the installation. So making sure your electrical system is in tip top form is definitely a priority. One of the ways you can do this is to ensure you have a in date Electrical Condition Report.
If you don’t then I’d recommend getting one booked asap. The last thing you want is to have your electricity going off on Christmas day.
One of the other issues is all the beautiful Christmas decorations we all put up every year. Around 350 people every year get injured because of Christmas lights. I don’t want you to become another statistic so here’s some basic safety tips:
- Be sure to check your lights before you put them up. Look for signs of deterioration such as, burn marks, splits in the cable and damaged plugs/ bulbs.
- Make sure it is safe to put the lights up, one of the main reasons people get hurt putting lights up is by falling from height, now this goes without saying but I’m going to say it anyway. Please only use the correct access equipment for putting your lights up, such as ladders. Also make sure they are erected correctly.
If you have any concerns about the condition of your Christmas lights, throw them in the bin and buy some new ones. Make sure to look out for a CE mark or British Kite Mark to ensure they are genuine lights and they have passed all the current safety tests
Also if you have any concerns about putting up your Christmas lights then give us a call and we would be happy to help you. You can read more tips on Christmas Safety by heading over to our Accident Free Christmas article
Saving Money At Christmas
Usually Christmas and saving money don’y usually go hand in hand. However there is some savvy ways you can keep the money in your pocket this Christmas:
- Change your light bulbs to LED. This is an easy way to shave £100’s off your electricity bill every year. It will definitely make a difference at Christmas time, especially with the early nights.
- With all the guests people have at Christmas, turn your thermostat down by a couple of degrees, no one will notice, especially with the heat from the kitchen and the extra body warmth in the house.
- When cooking the all important xmas dinner, cover your veggies, they cook quicker and also you can turn the ring off a couple of minutes before they are ready and the warm water and steam if you keep them covered will carry on cooking them.
- Want to heat you home a bit more, When the turkey is ready, turn the oven off and leave the door open! Not only will this help heat your home it will also smell beautiful.
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So there you have it. Follow these tips and you’ll stay safe this Christmas, as well as saving a few pounds. If your as excited as we are for Xmas then let us know in the comments. So for now ill say goodbye, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
p.s Check out this cool Christmas countdown