The holidays are here, and all is merry and bright. Before you string the lights, consider these quick safety tips.
Light check: Before hanging lights, check for frayed wires and throw them out if anything is exposed. Also replace any missing or burned out bulbs.
Look for the “UL®” stamp: Red UL® stamps mean lights are safe for indoor and outdoor use. Green UL® stamps signify lights are for indoor use only.
Hang safe: If you get adventurous and hang lights up high, ensure that your ladder is level and secure before you climb. Also avoid entangling near overhead power lines or other unsafe hanging areas.
Tactfully tack: Clip lights with plastic fasteners. Do not nail lights through the electrical cord.
Extend with care: Only use extension cords approved for outdoor use. Use three strands or less of connecting lights into each extension cord to remain safe. Keep cords out of walkways or secure cords with heavy tape to prevent tripping hazards.
Stay grounded: Plug outdoor lights into circuits protected by ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCI) if possible. This prevents electric shock.
Time it: Place lights on a timer to save electricity and allow lights to turn on and off when you are away from home.
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It’s the perfect time to remind ourselves to plan ahead for the ones we love.