Many of us are already taking out those boxes of holiday decorations or starting to shop for new décor. With all of the lights, though, come safety concerns. How can you make sure you’re lighting up your home without risking fires or electrical injuries?
- Before getting started, plan your displays. Look for outlets and figure out what you can reasonably do before you go into a decorating frenzy.
- When shopping, make sure the product has a label showing that it has gone through independent testing by a recognized lab, such as UL or ETL.
- LED lights are more energy efficient, last longer and are more durable than incandescent lights.
- Don’t use items intended for outdoors inside, or vice versa.
- Make sure you’ll be notified of any recalls by sending in the product registration forms.
- Inspect older decorations for any loose or damaged wires or connections.
- Unplug before replacing bulbs or fuses.
- Make sure cords are not pinched in windows, doors, etc.
- Don’t overload electrical outlets with too many items at once.
- Do not connect an extension cord to another extension cord or place them in high traffic areas or under furniture, carpets or rugs. Do not run them through walls or ceilings.
- Do not connect more than three strands of incandescent lights together.
- Outdoor lights should be plugged in to circuits that are protected by ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs). (You can buy portable GFCIs.)
- Protect lights from the wind by fastening them to firm surfaces but make sure this is not done in a way that could damage the cord’s insulation.
- Turn off all holiday lighting before going to bed each night.
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