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    How can I check if my Christmas lights are safe?


    How can I check if my Christmas lights are safe?

    Christmas lights are a beautiful addition to trees, windows and other places during the festive season. Unfortunately, defective Christmas lights can lead to injuries by electrocution or even cause fires with potentially serious results. It is therefore vital to check all lights, even new ones, carefully for potential defects before installing them.

    Preventing injuries by faulty Christmas lights

    To prevent personal injuries, each set of lights should be carefully unravelled and inspected for:

    • Broken/cracked sockets.
    • Bare/frayed wires.
    • Loose connections.

    Should any of these signs be present, old lights should be disposed of, while new lights showing such signs should be returned to the shop from which they were purchased, as faulty goods warrant a refund.

    Replacing faulty bulbs

    Another cause of fires and injuries by Christmas lights is the use of bulbs that do not belong to the string in question and/or are the wrong wattage. Such bulbs may overheat and subsequently explode, causing a serious fire hazard. In a similar fashion, the fuse in Christmas light plugs should always be replaced with a fuse of the same capacity.

    Faulty product claims

    If a new set of Christmas lights is faulty and subsequently causes accidental injuries, the injured person may be able to claim for personal injury compensation. Claims can be initiated by calling Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500. The free phone number is open 24/7 and advisers are friendly, helpful and experienced in dealing with compensation claims concerning injuries by faulty products. Keeping all calls confidential, these advisers will place callers under no obligation to pursue claims with this law firm.

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    Accident Advice Helpline

    More than 15 years’ worth of experience in handling claims for faulty products, road accidents and work injury compensation, as well as an array of other public liability claims, enables Accident Advice Helpline lawyers to deal with the vast majority of claims almost exclusively over the phone. Often able to settle claims without the necessity to attend court, these specialised lawyers handle cases effectively and efficiently, ensuring claimants receive their compensation as quickly as possible.

    No win no fee

    The fact that all claims are processed under conditional fee (or no win no fee) agreements means that claimants can pursue their claims without the worry of having to fund the costs involved. No payments are necessary until compensation has been awarded, at which point a percentage of the sum awarded will be deducted to cover all incurred expenses.

    Date Published: February 19, 2014

    Author: David Brown

    Accident Advice Helpline (or AAH) is a trading style of Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited. Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited is a company registered in England and Wales with registration number 07931918, VAT 142 8192 16, registered office Dempster Building, Atlantic Way, Brunswick Business Park, Liverpool, L3 4UU and is an approved Alternative Business Structure authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

    Disclaimer: This website contains content contributed by third parties, therefore any opinions, comments or other information expressed on this site that do not relate to the business of AAHDL or its associated companies should be understood as neither being held or endorsed by this business.

    No-Win No-Fee: *Subject to insurance costs. Fee payable if case not pursued at client's request.