The Christmas Season brings a lot of cheer, fun activity with the family from lighting candles to stringing Christmas lights. Here’s how to keep your North London home and family safe during the Winter Holidays.

Every family knows the road to success at Christmas is to make your home merry and bright, ensure you carefully inspect Christmas lights each year and discard any with frayed cords, cracked lamp holders or loose connections, when replacing bulbs unplug the lights and be sure to match the voltage and wattage to the original bulb.

Whether you are going to bed or stepping out for the evening to visit friends and family ensure you turn off all Christmas lights to avoid any electrical fires should a problem arise whilst the property is vacant. If you are planning on purchasing a real Christmas tree this year then fresh is best, a freshly cut tree is more resistant to ignition should a problem arise. Make sure you keep it watered and away from open candles. If you are planning on having outside Christmas lights at home then use an outdoor timer, ensure you turn your lights out by 7pm to avoid the electricity rush hour.

Always make sure that you buy Christmas lights, extension cords, spotlights, electrical decorations that bare the CE certificate, be careful buying lights from EBay or other market place websites that may have come from overseas as worryingly these manufacturers will have no CE or BS certification.

Easily done but never connect more than one extension cord together, instead use a single cord that is long enough to reach the outlet without stretching but not so long that is can get easily tangled or someone can trip over the excess.

Test your smoke alarms monthly to make sure they work, and be sure to install smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms on every level of your home, especially near sleeping areas.

If you are unsure about anything electrical we recommend you seek the advice of the professionals no matter how small the concern. Electricity can be dangerous seek expert advice rather than risk accidents at home by doing any work yourself. Houze Builders electrical contractor can undertake all electrical work including rewiring or updating your property. We also provide safety certificates and testing, we want you to be able to enjoy your Christmas holidays with the peace of mind that you are enjoying the festivities safely.