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Tips for Holiday Electrical Safety

Holiday lights help make the season beautiful. They can also cause home fires. To keep your family safe:


Home Safety - Tips for Holiday Electrical Safety
  • Look at each string of lights carefully. If any are cracked or damaged, buy new ones.
Home Safety - Tips for Holiday Electrical Safety
  • When you buy new lights, look at the box for a label that shows they have been tested for safety, such as ETL or UL.
Home Safety - Tips for Holiday Electrical Safety
  • Follow the directions on the box. It will tell you how many strings to use together. As a rule, UL recommends using no more than three standard-size sets of lights together.
Home Safety - Tips for Holiday Electrical Safety
  • Hang or mount light strands carefully to avoid damaging the cord's insulation
Home Safety - Tips for Holiday Electrical Safety
  • Do not plug in too many things at one time. Use a surge protector.
Home Safety - Tips for Holiday Electrical Safety
  • Unplug all holiday lights when you go to sleep or leave home.
Home Safety - Tips for Holiday Electrical Safety
  • Plug outdoor decorations into outlets protected by Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs) to prevent shock.
Home Safety - Tips for Holiday Electrical Safety
  • Automatic lighting timers can be used to ensure that lights are not left on by mistake. These are available for both indoor and outdoor use.
Home Safety - Tips for Holiday Electrical Safety
  • Do not put electrical cords under rugs. Try to keep them away from places people walk.
Home Safety - Tips for Holiday Electrical Safety
  • When replacing a holiday bulb, be sure to use the correct bulb size (wattage) that is right for the fixture.
Home Safety - Tips for Holiday Electrical Safety
  • Use safety caps to keep children from putting things into electrical receptacles/outlets.
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