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Home Care
by Scott Sauer
Advanced Structural Inspections

Holiday Light Safety
Thanksgiving is now a pleasant memory, which means it’s time to think about Christmas decorations. The installation of these decorations can be both exciting and stressful which can make you less aware of the dangers involved. It’s important for you to understand and guard against these dangers to ensure the safety of your family and home.

You should review the following safety recommendations and read all the manufacturers material included with your decorations. A little preparation before you start the installation may help prevent a holiday disaster.

  • Check all light strands for fraying cords, loose bulbs, broken or cracked sockets, and serviceable plugs. Discard any damaged light strands and do not attempt to repair them.
  • Turn off the Christmas lights when you sleep, or if you leave your home.
  • Use only outdoor lights outside your home.
  • Fasten the bulbs securely and point the sockets down to avoid moisture build-up.
  • Only use Christmas lights that have fuses in the plugs.
  • Do not disable or bypass grounded circuits (three prong outlets and plugs).
  • Do not pinch or crimp power cords when laying and hanging lights and displays.
  • Keep outdoor electrical connectors above ground.
  • To reduce the risk of overheating the lights, you should replace any burned-out light bulbs promptly. Unplug the light string before replacing bulbs.
  • Do not mount or place Christmas lights near gas or electric heaters, fireplaces, candles or other similar sources of heat.

Christmas holiday lights should not be played with or placed where small children can reach the light bulbs. Holiday lights are not toys. It’s important to take steps to avoid the risk of fire, burns, personal injury and electric shock. Be responsible and visually inspect all of your lights. Be aware of safe practices with the installation of decorations. Ensure you have plenty of time so that you’re not rushed or skipping important safety steps.

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