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Christmas Light Safety
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year hundreds of people are injured by Christmas lights. Hundreds
of thousands of dollars are spent repairing damage caused by these
festive decorations. Christmas lights are a fun part of the holidays
but they can pose some serious risks. Christmas light safety procedures
should always be followed when putting these bright holiday decorations
on display. People are at risk for life threatening falls if they
do not take care when hanging lights. Once they are safely up, though,
they can pose as a fire and/or electrical shock hazard if they are
not cared for properly.
If you watch the news during the holiday season, you are bound
to hear of at least a couple of serious injuries that occurred while
putting up Christmas lights. Frosty weather and rooftops do not
go together very well. When putting up outdoor lights it is best
to do it on a sunny, dry day. Daylight hours are best. If possible,
avoid standing on the roof at all. It can be very slippery during
this time of year. Make sure to use a sturdy ladder that is well
balanced. Have a spotter nearby who can help you if you get yourself
in a pickle.
Getting the lights up safely is only half of the battle. Anytime
those lights are plugged in and turned on, there is a fire hazard.
You can minimize the danger by taking safety precautions. The following
tips will protect you, your family and your home from fires and/or
- Before plugging light strands in, check for
cracked sockets and frayed, loose or bare wires. Replace old and
- Make sure that you do not connect too many
strings end to end. You can usually connect up to three strands
without any problems. Any more than that and you are asking for
- Turn off all Christmas lights before going
to bed at night or leaving home. Unless, of course, you want to
return to a pile of ashes and soot.
- Unplug light strands before replacing any bulbs
or fuses to protect you from electric shock.
- Purchase a fresh tree or an artificial one
that has been sprayed with flame retardant.
- Consider using mini lights. They are the safest
type of Christmas light because they produce the least amount
Following Christmas light procedures will help to ensure your family’sg
safety during the holidays. Doing so could even save your life.
to Test Outdoor Christmas Lights
When hanging outdoor Christmas lights, you will want to be as safe
If you’ve ever been to a party with a twinkling, blinking,
flashing or twirling array of party lights, you know it rocks!
Outdoor Christmas Lights
This is an important step to take between purchasing the lights
(or pulling them out of last year’s storage) and actually