Are Your Christmas Tree Lights Safe?
Published on Tuesday, 22nd November 2016
Free Safety Tests Begin Tomorrow Don’t Miss Out!
Free Christmas tree light safety testing will be taking place at a library or fire station near you between Wednesday 23rd November and Tuesday 29th November.
Warwickshire County Council Trading Standards and Warwickshire Fire & Rescue Service have launched a Christmas Fire Safety campaign to promote festive fire safety and reduce the number of fires caused by faults with Christmas tree lights.
- Wednesday 23rd November Coleshill Library 9.30am to 11.30am and Atherstone Library 1pm to 4pm
- Thursday 24th November Rugby Library 9.30am to 4pm
- Friday 25th November Nuneaton Fire Station 9.30am to 4pm
- Monday 28th November Leamington Spa Library 9.30am to 11.30am and Kenilworth Library 1pm to 4pm
- Tuesday 29th November Stratford upon Avon Fire Station 9.30am to 4pm
You don’t need an appointment, just turn up! However, if you would like to book a specific appointment time, please phone 01926 414080.
The tests are open to any Warwickshire resident, school, charity or similar organisation.
Warwickshire County Councillor John Horner, Portfolio Holder for Community Safety said: “Christmas tree lights are the one electrical product that we often use for many years without replacing. However, older tree lights may not meet modern safety standards and lights of any age can be damaged if they are not stored correctly, or when they are kept in damp or very hot conditions, such as garages or insulated lofts.”
Warwickshire County Councillor Philip Johnson, Chair of the council’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee, added: “Help us prevent festive fires! Take advantage of our free electrical safety testing programme.”
Warwickshire County Council want everyone to remember Christmas for the right reasons, so we urge residents to follow the safety advice and check that tree lights and electronic goods stored away over the winter period have been checked thoroughly before using them.
For more information about Trading Standards, visit their website: http://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/tradingstandards
News article courtesy of Warwickshire County Council.
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