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Are Your Christmas Lights and Decorations Compliant?

Christmas festivities are just around the corner, which means it is time to consider whether your lights and decorations are compliant and installed to the standards set out in regulations. In public spaces and high footfall areas, installation can be a risky task, so it is important to ensure that lights and decorations are installed both correctly and safely. Depending on the weight, size and location of your lights and decorations, risks can vary significantly, meaning that it is advisable that you take a closer look at our top two things to consider before any works are carried out:

Consider when fixing points were last tested and certified for Compliance, and whether these fixing points have been moved since the last certification. Commonly, Eyebolts and Anchorage Points should be tested annually, or more frequently if they have been moved. Heightsafe recommends that you arrange inspections for these more than once during the winter period for total peace of mind and to ensure maximum safety.

Once initially installed, lights and decorations should be inspected by a specialist (looking specifically at anchorage and load Compliance Testing) to ensure they are in safe working condition. Failure to have such tests completed can not only put people at risk but will also be a breach of health and safety standards.

There have been concerns raised in the past by fire safety experts that Christmas lights that are sold online can pose a higher fire risk and in turn presents itself as a high health and safety hazard. Therefore, Heightsafe recommends that you always test your Christmas lights for Compliance when required, particularly if they are to be used in the public domain. If you carry out testing of these lights regularly, they will pose minimal risk.

If you are responsible for facilities such as shopping centres, retail units, high streets or seasonal parks such as Santa’s Grotto, then Heightsafe highly recommends that you look into arranging a Compliance Testing visit as soon as possible. This will ensure the safety of your staff, other personnel and your customers, and will minimise them falling from the ceiling or any fire risk.

Heightsafe can provide installation, testing and certification of lighting and decorations with compliance in mind. With years of specialist experience within the Compliance department, you will have the guarantee of thorough inspections and official certification. So, leave it down to the specialists this festive season! Book Now.


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