Installing Your Christmas Lights and Decorations Safely
Thinking “it’s only October”? There are now only 10 weeks until Christmas arrives, so, here are our top tips for installing your Christmas lights and decorations safely this festive season…
In public spaces and high footfall areas, installation can be a risky task! Whilst making any location look full of festive cheer, the installation process includes work from height and it is imperative to ensure that lights and decorations are installed correctly and safely. Prior to installation, you will need to create:
- A full risk assessment of the area, display and fixing points
- A plan with details on all anchors, fixing points, lighting routes, circuit protection and isolation points
Things to Consider
Depending on the weight, size and location of your display, the risks can vary considerably. Eyebolts and point anchors should be tested and recertified at least every 12 months (unless they are Class A, where anchor points should be tested every 6 months) by a qualified professional.
Once initially installed, displays should also be checked by a specialist (specifically looking at anchorages and load testing) to ensure that they are in a safe working condition. Failure to have such tests completed is a breach of health and safety and could result in serious injuries – not what anyone has asked for this Christmas!
Our elves recently visited Manchester City Centre Selfridges, Unistrut, eyebolts and VM hooks were installed before Christmas lights and decorations were hung, ensuring they are in line with compliance and safety for customers.
We can provide PPE and training for work at height as well as installing, retesting and certifying anchorage systems and support brackets. Leave it down to the specialists this festive season! For free advice and bookings, speak to the team today – 020 3819 7199 / email@example.com October 2017 4:19 pm
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