Night lights are a great comfort for small children or anyone who isn’t too keen on the dark, and they can be a lifesaver in a night-time emergency situation.
Night light safety
Night lights are generally very safe to use as long as you follow the manufacturer’s instructions and take a few sensible precautions before and during use.
- Make sure you buy your night light from a reputable dealer, and follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully.
- It’s important to register a new night light with the manufacturer so that you can be contacted if a safety notice or recall is required. It also makes it easier for you to return a faulty product or order a repair. To register any of your appliances, regardless of age, visit Register My Appliance.
- Use our free online checker to see if you have any recalled electrical items.
- Check that your appliance has a UK plug; if it doesn’t, don’t try to use a UK travel adaptor. Get in touch with the retailer and ask them to fit a UK plug.
- Do regular checks of the plug and socket for burn marks, sounds of ‘arcing’ (buzzing or crackling) or if it feels too hot to touch. If you have fuses blowing or circuit-breakers tripping then contact a registered electrician to investigate.
- Any socket you plan to use to plug in a night light should have RCD (residual current device) Protection. An RCD is a life-saving device that protects against dangerous electric shock and reduces the risk of electrical fires. If you don’t have RCD protection in your fuse box for your sockets, consider using an RCD plug to protect you and your property from serious appliance faults.
Using your night light safely
- Do not use your night light if it appears to be damaged .
- Do not attempt to alter or manipulate your night light in any way.
- Night lights are not generally watertight and are unsuitable for use in damp environments.
- Do not handle your night light with wet hands.
- Do not immerse your night light in water or any other liquid.
- Only plug your night light into a standard electrical outlet.