Christmas Safety Message

Stay safe this Christmas

Electrical safety tips for the home

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Stay safe this Christmas

ESB Networks would like to remind everyone to stay clear of electricity wires this Christmas season and make sure your own home electrical system is safe.

Check that your safety trip switch – called a Residual Current Device (RCD) - works by pushing the test button and that there are no damaged plug tops or frayed wires. If in any doubt, get in touch with a registered electrician.

When it comes to the overhead wires and poles that ESB Networks uses to supply electricity to everyone, remember that these poles and wires are live and dangerous and should never to be used for anything else. Here are a few simple safety tips from ESB Networks for the home around Christmas time.

Electrical Safety Tips for the Home:

1. Only use Christmas lights that are in good condition.

2. Check for frayed wires, loose connections, damaged or cracked plugs or transformers and replace immediately.

3. Reduce the chances of causing a fire and keep decorations and combustible materials well away from light fittings and other sources of heat such as heaters, fireplaces, candles.

4. Switch out all Christmas lights last thing at night and when leaving the house to protect against the risk of fire.

5. For extra safety, always switch off and unplug appliances and other items when not in use.

6. If you are involved in putting up outdoor Christmas lights and decorations, make sure that you first check that there are no ESB wires nearby. Electricity is very powerful, that is why you must always keep a safe distance. Make sure outdoor wiring and equipment is properly rated for outdoor conditions and plug them into a portable RCD device for extra safety.

While the weather during winter 2016 has so far been relatively benign, ESB Networks are reminding people to never approach or touch fallen wires following adverse weather. Storms and strong winds can cause damage to the overhead electricity wires and poles, so always be alert and keep your distance.

ESB Networks is reminding customers to turn off electric cookers, ovens, irons, etc. if electricity supply is lost and leave a light switched on so you know when power has been restored. It also advises customers in areas likely to be impacted by adverse weather to charge their mobile phones in advance.

Remember fallen electricity wires are live and therefore dangerous. Report it immediately to us by calling our emergency number: 1850 372 999.  Remember always ask yourself the question, are you sure it’s safe?