Lights are another long-standing Christmas tradition in many homes across the nation. In addition to dry Christmas trees, Christmas lights are another leading cause of holiday fires. The following are some ways that you can observe safety at Christmas when decorating with lights.
- Do not use a strand of lights if bulbs are missing or broken. Instead, purchase new lights or replace the bulbs.
- Inspect your lights for frayed wires, cracked sockets, and gaps in the insulation. Throw them out if they are damaged.
- If you have lights that are over 3 years old, purchase new ones. Look for the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) seal of approval on any lights you buy.
- Unplug the lights before you put them up or take them down.
- When you are linking strands of lights together, try to keep it to a minimum of 3 strands. If you need more length, hook the strands into an extension cord and begin with a new strand.
- Do not place strands of lights on the ground where someone could step on them or trip on them.
- Touch the wires every couple days to see if they are warm. If they are, there could be a problem with the strand and you should replace it.