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Are your Christmas Lights safe?

Updated: May 5, 2023

Ti's the season to be jolly with your beautiful Christmas lights. However, it is a good idea to educate yourself about Christmas light safety before you begin decorating your home for the holidays. These gorgeous Christmas lights can bring a festive touch to your home both inside and out if used correctly and with all critical safety problems in mind.

Let's make sure first that everything is in good condition before hanging our Christmas lights.

Inexpensive lights aren't a smart buy if they're a fire danger. Make sure to only use lights that have been tested and rated by Underwriters Laboratories (UL) or Intertek (ETL Semko). Christmas lights with a safety grade are prominently labeled, both on the container and the electrical cables.

Electrical shorts can occur while hanging lights with faulty wires, so toss them away if you encounter any broken light strings. Though it may appear obvious, some Christmas lights are just for indoors and light only for outdoors. Yet, people sometimes believe they are interchangeable. Still, it is only applicable unless stated on the container, as outdoor lighting is built to resist cold and damp environments. Avoid putting up Christmas lights near anything that might catch fire, such as candles, space heaters, fireplaces, and so on. Never use staples, tacks, or nails to hang your Christmas light display; instead, use plastic holders made to hang Christmas lights.

The rule is that you can only safely connect three strands of standard incandescent bulbs. We might create a potentially deadly electrical condition if we go any further. If you're using LED lights, you can definitely use up to 40-50 securely strung-together LED mini-light strands.

There's a strong chance you'll need extension cords to finish your Christmas lights display. As a result, you must choose your extension cables carefully. Check that you have a sufficient number and length of grounded extension cables for the number of lights you want to utilize. It is preferable to put cables in such a way that they do not provide a tripping danger. An excellent choice for outdoor Christmas lights is a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) since it eliminates the risk of lethal shock from faulty plug-in cables and gadgets. It will identify harmful ground faults and cut off the power promptly.

When your house is unattended, or everyone in the house is asleep, do not keep Christmas lights on. This will prevent unneeded fires from destroying property. When bulbs burn out, it's critical to replace them as soon as possible. Make sure that the new bulbs you choose have the correct wattage. It should go without saying but don't run lights through doors and windows since the cable might become broken, resulting in a potentially dangerous electrical situation.

It is critical to understand that metal trees and Christmas lights do not mix. If you pick a metal Christmas tree, do not decorate it with lights. Metal lights and trees provide several hazards, including a significant danger of fire and electric shock accidents. Children and Christmas lights may be a deadly mix since children enjoy flashy items, but playing with holiday lights can be hazardous. Place lights out of reach of youngsters at all times. When installing Christmas lights at your office, ensure sure your decorations are entirely compliant with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) workplace safety guidelines.

Don't forget about the risks your Christmas tree lights might pose in your house this holiday season. We simply want you to enjoy a safe and unforgettable celebration with our family inside your safe and secure home. It is not difficult to have a fantastic holiday party if we follow good electrical safety rules.


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