Winter is here! The time of year for relaxing indoors, watching films, feasting on takeaways and cooked meals, and very importantly, Christmas. Christmas is a special time across the globe for families and friends to get together, enjoy each other’s company, celebrate, try new experiences, and much more! There are a lot of things that traditionally come alongside Christmas, for example, Christmas dinner and advent calendars to count down until the 25th. Another key tradition that comes alongside Christmas is, of course, the decorations.
If you enter any household of a family who celebrates Christmas, it’s likely that their house will be top to tail in tinsel, glittery lights, Santa hats, and will have a beautifully decorated Christmas tree towering over the living room. Many people during Christmas prefer to decorate their entire home rather than just one or two homes, this includes the kitchen. This post goes through all the safety precautions you may need to take if decorating your kitchen this Christmas time.
Lights or fairy lights are a fantastic addition to any room of your home as a Christmas decoration. They provide rooms with a lighter, whiter, Christmassy atmosphere. Fairy lights also commonly flash in various, glamorous patterns, converting any room in your home into a light show. If you are planning to have fairy lights in your kitchen, it is highly important to have the lights far away from any worktops, sinks, appliances, or heat sources, and any cables as far as possible from the worktops.
One of the reasons for this is because electricity is highly dangerous when close to water or heat sources. Heat could cause the cables to the lights to catch fire, resulting in a highly dangerous electrical fire. Cables also need to stay away from other appliances such as blenders. This is as the fairy lights could get tangled in the blender or be sliced by the blender, causing an electrical hazard. It is also important to ensure that no wires are placed along the floor, as this could cause somebody to trip over the wires.
If you are planning to decorate your kitchen with fairy lights, please ensure that the lights are as high possible and are taped or cabled as securely as possible. If fairy lights cannot possibly be secured as high as possible in your kitchen, we advise to not use lights to decorate your kitchen.
If you are planning to decorate your kitchen with tinsel, ensure to have the tinsel away from any sources of heat. This does not just mean your oven and hobs, this also includes your toaster, microwave, or any other small appliances that could potentially burn the tinsel. Tinsel is a potential fire hazard if it is exposed to heat. It is also important to keep tinsel away from any appliances that may catch the tinsel, for example, blenders.
If tinsel was to get caught in a blender, it could potentially rip down the tinsel surrounding the kitchen, which could then damage the design of the kitchen or the tinsel could fall on to a source of heat. This could then potentially cause a fire, and to top it off, you would also have a broken blender. If you are planning to decorate your kitchen with tinsel this Christmas. It is best practice to keep the tinsel taped securely at a high point in your kitchen. This will minimize the risk of the tinsel being exposed to heat or getting tangled in appliances.
Large or miniature Christmas trees are a fantastic addition to any room in your home during Christmas time. In pretty much every household with celebrators of Christmas, there will be at least one Christmas tree. Most people decide to have a large Christmas tree situated in their main lounging area of there homes. This is due to the tradition of Christmas gifts being placed underneath the tree, and people can relax whilst open their gifts.
If you would prefer to have your Christmas tree in your Christmas tree alternatively or another Christmas tree in your kitchen, then there are various precautions that you need to take to ensure safety. One of the most important precautions is to ensure that the Christmas tree is placed in one of the least used corners of the kitchen. This is to allow you more space to move around in the kitchen and to prevent you from falling over the tree, or from the tree being in contact with any heat sources.
If you are planning on having lights on the Christmas tree, please also ensure that the cables are also not on the main part of the kitchen floor to avoid trips. If you are planning on having small trees on your worktops, please ensure that these are not close to any heat sources that may cause the trees to catch fire.
Kitchens by Nailsea Electrical offer a fantastic range of brand new and bespoke designed kitchens in Bristol in a variety of styles. Kitchens are arguably the most important room in your home, therefore, its important your kitchen is exactly the way that you would want it to be, not just for Christmas, but throughout the year. This blog was written by the content writer at Kitchens by Nailsea Electrical, who has a passion for inspiring people with his content and ideas.