'TIS THE SEASON TO BE JOLLY... CAREFUL! AROUND 350 PEOPLE VISIT A&E EACH YEAR DUE TO ACCIDENTS CAUSED BY CHRISTMAS LIGHTS.1
SO, TO MAKE SURE YOUR FESTIVE CHEER DOESN'T TURN INTO FESTIVE TEARS, WE'VE PUT TOGETHER THIS GUIDE ON HOW TO PUT UP YOUR OUTDOOR CHRISTMAS LIGHTS WITHOUT ANY MERRY MISHAPS.

STILL GLOWING STRONG?

If your Christmas lights have been gathering dust in the loft all year, they might be worn or damaged. So it’s a bright idea to give them the once over before you put them up.

BUY THE RIGHT LIGHT

If you do need to replace your lights with new ones, there are a few things you need to consider first, from safety standards to outdoor suitability.

LEDs ARE A WISE CHOICE

You want your Christmas lights to burn bright, not burn the house down! Because LEDs are cooler, they won’t overheat and catch fire like traditional lights can.

DECK THE WALLS

Once you’ve got your lights sorted it’s time to put them up, which is an accident waiting to happen. Here’s how you can avoid being highly strung.

MORE DAZZLE, LESS FRAZZLE

We all like to outshine our neighbours when it comes to our Christmas light display. Just be careful not to overload your circuit.

LOOKING AFTER YOUR LIGHTS

Once your lights are up and working you can relax, right? Wrong! There are still a few precautions you need to take:

WHAT GOES UP MUST COME DOWN

As tempting as it might be to leave your lights up till next year, there comes a time when you have to take them all down again.