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#147589 - 12/14/02 09:19 AM Fairy lights
pauluk Offline

Registered: 08/11/01
Posts: 7693
Loc: Norfolk, England
For the benefit of our non-technical people who browse ECN from time to time:

As we approach the festive season and fairy lights are going up all around the Western world, please, please take the time to give each string a quick once-over before throwing it around your tree, window frame, or whereever.

Check for frayed insulation on the wires, and for cracked/broken/loose lampholders that could pose a danger.

A few years ago, the British trade press reported the tragic story of a 6-year-old girl who was electrocuted while touching a damaged light string on a tree in her home. The coroner found from the burn marks on her bare feet that she must have been standing on a grounded radiator pipe to reach.

Please take the time to examine the lights as they go up, and don't use strings which are worn or damaged. You might just save a life.

Have a safe and happy Christmas!

[This message has been edited by pauluk (edited 12-14-2002).]

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#147590 - 01/12/03 09:38 PM Re: Fairy lights
Trumpy Offline


Registered: 07/05/02
Posts: 8532
Loc: SI,New Zealand
This is so true, if only people took a few minutes, to check over their Xmas lights,
it would also prevent a few House Fires too,
especially during the Festive Season, not a nice time to lose a loved one!, (mind you niether is any other day of the year)
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