It’s no secret that holiday lights help make the season beautiful and brighten up our evening drive home from work, but they can also create a fire safety hazard if you’re not careful.
Follow these simple fire safety tips to keep your holiday lights and other decorative lighting from sparking a disaster this holiday season.
- Before hanging holiday lights, check for frayed wires, bare spots, gaps in the insulation, broken or cracked sockets, and excessive kinks. Damaged light sets should not be used, and should be discarded immediately.
- Avoid linking more than three light strands together unless the packaging or labels indicate that it is safe to do so.
- Check your lights for the UL label to make sure they meet Underwriters Laboratories safety standards.
- Make sure lights used outside are approved for outdoor use. In other words, don’t use indoor lights outdoors.
- Use insulated holders or hooks to hang up holiday lights instead of tacks, staples or nails.
- Do not overload outlets or run extension cords under carpets or across doorways.
- Always unplug the light string before attempting to replace a bulb, and only use replacement bulbs that are compatible (same wattage/voltage) with the light set.
- Always unplug or turn off your holiday lights before leaving your home or going to bed.