By Stan Barlow on 01/12/2017

Not all of our clients go to this extreme, however they can if they wish. BUT BE CAREFUL. There are 800 domestic fires a week caused by electrical faults. These incidents increase by nearly 10-a day over the Christmas lighting season. Make sure yours is not one of them by being safe.


We will install safely and correctly. Not like the do it your-selfers who miss their Christmas Dinner because :


All the electrics are blown on Christmas Day [and they have not contacted MRELECTRIC for help]

You are in Hospital Christmas Day

Your wife & children have left you [women are more sensible then men in these circumstances] because of the mess

Your house has burnt down

Your next door neighbours House as burnt down as well

Your Mum won't have you at home because you caused a fire last year




Safety begins with planning and each plan should include an inspection of the equipment being used. Not only should your lights be tested before you begin hanging them, but the ladders you are using should be inspected as well. .


Ladder - Portable: If the answer is "yes" to any of the questions below, make repairs before using the ladder.  
1. Are there loose steps or rungs (should not be able to move a rung by hand)?
2. Are there loose fasteners such as nails, screws, bolts, or other materials?
3. Are there cracked, split, broken, rust or decayed uprights or rungs?
4. Are there slivers (metal or wood) on uprights, rungs, or steps?
5. Are there rungs missing?
6. Is grease, oil, or slippery material on steps or rails?
7. Do movable jam or scrape when operating?
8. Is the base (non-skid) material missing?


1. Is the ladder wobbly or does it appear to be asymmetrical (not sit squarely on the ground)?
2. Are the hinge spreaders loose or disconnected at both ends on all rails?
3. Is the hinge on each spreader fastened loosely or missing in the centre creating a wobbly or loose connection from rail to rail?


Extension Ladders:
1. Are the extension locks missing or not functioning properly?
2. Are the extension locks missing or seated improperly on the desired rungs to lock the ladder securely in place?

For every four feet in height the ladder should be placed one foot out away from the wall as demonstrated in the picture above.

Other Helpful Ladder Safety Hints:

  •     One person should be holding the ladder while anyone is on it.
  •     Use a bucket and a rope to haul tools from the ground instead of carrying them while climbing the ladder.
  •     Place the ladder where the work is and not to the left or right forcing a user to reach away from the ladder. The user's shoulders should remain centred within the ladder rails.
  •     Wear sneakers or soft soled shoes with good grip when on a ladder.
  •     Do not use metal ladders for electrical work.
  •     Keep the area under your ladder clear.
  •     Glue a label on the ladder (mailing labels work well) and write the date of the last inspection.
  •     Inspect your ladder before and after lending it to a friend.
  •     Teach family members how to inspect and care for ladders.
  •     Remember this: “If it doesn’t look safe, it probably isn’t.”



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