Whether it is okay to put Christmas lights outside depends on the type of lights in question and their overall condition.
Types of Christmas lights
The two main types of lights are indoor and outdoor lights. It is far from safe to place sets meant for indoor use into outdoor positions, as their insulation is not suitable for use in wet weather conditions. Outdoor lights, on the other hand, are adequately insulated to prevent potential injuries by electrocution due to contacts or wires becoming wet.
Condition of Christmas lights
Before putting up indoor or outdoor fairy lights, it is vital to ensure they are in good condition. This includes checking for worn or frayed wires, loose connections and potential damage to the bulbs’ sockets. Damaged or worn strings should never be repaired, but disposed of safely. Failing to do this could ultimately result in electrocutions or injuries by fire.
It may be necessary to use extension leads to connect the lights to a power outlet. Naturally, it is equally important to prevent personal injuries by ensuring such leads are also suitable for outdoor use and free of damaged, frayed or worn areas.
Other safety considerations
The following tips should help prevent accidental injuries:
- Prevent injuries by falling while putting up strings of lights in elevated positions by using a suitable ladder and, if at all possible, getting someone else to help.
- Use a power outlet as close to the lights’ position as possible. Ensure the power outlet, extension leads and connectors are protected from sprinklers, snow and rain.
- Secure lights adequately to prevent them being ripped off by wind, birds or other small animals. Metal nails, hooks and screws not only conduct electricity, they also rust and make holes into the structure the lights are to be fastened to. Use of plastic fasteners with moisture resistant self-adhesive backing is therefore, recommended. Such fasteners should be able to safely hold up to 10 lbs in weight.
Finally, prevent trip injuries by ensuring paths, porches and other walkways are free of tangled wires.
The right to claim
Slips, trips and falls are common, often easily preventable accidents. Should you sustain a slip, trip or fall injury through no fault of your own, you could be entitled to claim for compensation. Call our 24-hour helpline on freephone 0800 689 0500 or, if you are calling from a mobile, 0333 500 0993 today to learn more.