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Holiday Lights Safety Tips

Holiday Lights Safety Tips

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Posted by: David Cunningham on Wednesday, November 24, 2021 at 6:00:00 am

Seeing all the decorations and twinkly lights on display, is one of my favorite parts of the holiday season! Lights can add some much-needed cheer, especially during those gloomy winter nights.
While covering your house in lights may look merry and bright, if installed incorrectly, string lights have the potential to damage your home or electrical system.
For those who are decorating their house with lights, here are some safety measures to keep in mind this holiday season:

Inspect Lights

Thoroughly check your lights for cracked or broken sockets, loose connections, or frayed or bare wires.

Replace Broken Bulbs

Do not install lights until you replace any broken bulbs! Make sure you replace any broken bulbs with bulbs with the correct wattage.

Use Verified Lighting

Only use lights approved by Underwriters Laboratory (UL) or Intertek (ETL Semko) for outside use. You can find these safety ratings clearly marked on the packaging as well as the tags on the electrical cords.

Don’t Plug Too Many into The Same Outlet

The Electrical Safety Foundation International recommends connecting no more than three strings of incandescent lights together. Most LED lights will tell you on the package how many strings of lights you can safely string together. Don’t connect LEDs and incandescent lights together. Incandescent light strings require a larger power current than LEDs and could potentially fry your electrical wiring if overloaded.

Extension Cord Safety

Always use an extension cord that is rated for outdoor use. Don't run your extension cords through a window since the cord could become pinched. You will also want to make sure that the connection between your light cord and your extension cord, stays out of puddles, damp soil, snow or ice.

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