There’s something magical about lights during the holiday
season. But with the majesty also comes added risk. Holiday lighting poses a
real fire risk if not used safely. So, before you deck the halls, be sure to
check out these holiday lights safety tips.
Use only Christmas tree lights that are rated for indoor use and
tested for safety. Check for the label of an independent testing laboratory
like Underwriters’ Laboratory (UL).
If you have a metallic Christmas tree, never put electric lights
on it to avoid the risk of electric shock.
Before using lights, check each set of lights for worn or broken
cords, broken or cracked sockets, and loose bulb connections. Replace damaged
Connect no more than three standard-size sets of lights into an
extension cord. Don’t overload electrical outlets or extension cords. Instead,
plug lights into different circuits around your home.
Don’t fasten colored spotlights onto metallic trees. Instead,
use the above or beside your tree to prevent tree branches from becoming
charged with electricity from faulty lights.
Turn off all Christmas lights and decorations when going to bed
or leaving home.
Keep pets safe by protecting electric cords and tree lights so
that they can’t chew them and get electrocuted.
Make sure outdoor lights are rated for exterior use by an
independent testing laboratory. Exterior lights and extension cords used
outdoors need to be weather-resistant.
Fasten outdoor lights securely to trees, houses, walls, or other
firm support to protect from wind damage. However, don’t attach light strings
with nails or staples as these can cut through the wire insulation and start a
fire. Use only UL-approved hangers.
Take exterior lights down within 90 days to prevent hazards from
weather damage or critters chewing on them.
Store lights safely after taking them down. Tangled lights can
lead to damaged cords and broken sockets. They are also a pain to untangle!
Wrap the strings around a piece of cardboard, cover them in paper or fabric,
and then store them in a sturdy container until next year.
Never use real candles to decorate a tree. Use battery-operated,
flameless LED candles instead.
If you do use real candles, follow candle safety guidelines:
only non-flammable candle holders.
candles where they can’t be knocked down or blown over.
candles away from any flammable objects like decorations or drapes.
burn candles near trees or greenery.
keep burning candles within your sight.
all candles before going to bed, leaving the room, or leaving your home.
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