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Christmas lights – better to be safe than sorry!

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Putting decorations up around the house is the first clear sign the festive period has begun. Some neighbourhoods even have friendly competitions to see who can install the best and brightest light displays. But whether you’re simply hanging a few fairy lights around your tree, or planning on a full LED nativity scene, you need to be certain that the lights you’re using are safe.

Here are a few tips to ensure your Christmas lights don’t deliver any nasty surprises…

Check old lights carefully

It’s always a good idea to plug in your lights and check they’re still working when you retrieve them from the loft or garage. But first, you should examine them to ensure there are no signs corrosion, especially if they’ve been stored somewhere that’s prone to damp.

Make sure they comply with safety regulations

When you buy your lights, look for recognised safety standard certificates like the BSI kitemark. Be wary of buying cheap lights online – chances are they have been imported without undergoing stringent safety tests.

When installing your lights, always be mindful of hazards

Make sure cables are not trailing in a place where people could trip over them. If you are decorating a real Christmas tree, check that no wires are near water. Also be wary of using extension cables, as they could overload the socket. If you do need to use an extension lead, make sure it has a surge protector.

Always use common sense

If the box says the lights are for indoor use only, never attempt to use them outdoors. Also, even though it’s nice to arrive home to a house full of twinkling lights, always turn them off when you go out. This will prevent the risk of them overheating.

It may seem like ‘Bah humbug’ advice, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

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How long does a full house re-wire take?

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If you have purchased a property that needs renovating in order to restore it to its former glory, you may well need a full electrical rewire. This could be because the old electrics in there do not work or are not compliant with current building regulations. Even a home which you already live in may need a full re-wire at times if something catastrophic happens to your electrics.

Of course, the burning question for all homeowners is how long will it take.

It depends on your circumstances

Unfortunately, there is no definitive answer we can give for how long a full house re-wire will take. This is because the amount of time it takes will depend on how big your property is. Naturally, a 2 bedroom house with a smaller floorplan will take less time than a larger 5 bed detached house. This is simply down to the larger house having more re-wiring to complete and more rooms to re-wire. A rough idea of how long it could take for your home is given below though for reference:

1 bedroom – between 4 and 7 days
2 bedrooms – around 5 to 8 days
3 bedrooms – from 6 to 10 days
4 bedrooms – up to 2 weeks
5 bedrooms – from 10 to 15 days

If you have a home which has more than 5 bedrooms, it will naturally take a number of weeks. The above timescales are merely a guide but they at least give some idea of what is involved. Of course, various factors like the property being lived in while work is being done could have an impact.

Call today for professional electrical re-wiring

If you find yourself needing to have a full re-wire in your house, contact us at EJS Electrical Services today. Our team of professional electricians have the qualifications and experience needed to get the job done right. All our work is guaranteed and done in line with current safety standards for full peace of mind. Get in touch for more details.