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Christmas Lights Safety Tips
Dated: December 10 2018
These Christmas light safety tips will help you get in the holiday spirit and reduce your risk of fire or electric shock injuries. There's nothing like a twinkling strand of Christmas lights to really dress up a home, which is why many homeowners hang them year after year.
Make sure the lights have been certified for safety
With every new box of lights, check for the mark of an independent testing organization like Underwriters Laboratories.
Don't use indoor lights outside
All Christmas lights are not made the same. When you buy Christmas lights to hang outside your home, don't just grab the same ones you'd use indoors.
Inspect the lights before use
Electric company says you must inspect your lights before decorating your home. Every year lay out all your lights in your driveway to ensure they’re in good working condition. Toss anything that’s frayed, broken, or warm to the touch.
Stabilize your ladder
When hanging Christmas lights in hard-to-reach areas like the gutters on your house, make sure that the ladder you use is stable. Ladder falls can be fatal, so to protect yourself, make sure your ladder can hold your weight and is stable.
Don’t overload your outlets
Plugging too many lights into one outlet can overload it.
Reduce the risk of a Christmas tree fire
If you like displaying a live tree in your home, be sure to purchase one that's as fresh as possible. A dry tree wrapped with Christmas lights will go up in flames much faster than a well-hydrated one.
Credit: Almana Home Inspections
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