Holiday Lights Safety Tips

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CHARLOTTE – Light up safely over the holidays:

  • Choose the right light for the job. Light strings and other decorations are rated for indoor or outdoor use. Read the package instructions, never exceed the recommended wattage
  • Replace damaged electrical products (cords, plugs, ornaments)
  • Avoid plugging too many lights and decorations into an outlet. Overloaded circuits can overheat and start a fire
  • Use Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs) when plugging in outdoors
  • Buy decorations with the mark of an accredited certification agency on the package
  • When you open the package, check for an approval sticker. This should appear on the cord of light strings.

Extension Cords/Plugs:

  • Avoid overloading circuits with plugs and extension cords. This can create overheating and result in a fire. Fuses that frequently blow and circuits that trip might mean you have connected too many items to the circuit
  • Don’t run extension cords under carpets, through doorways, or in places where furniture might damage them
  • Keep outdoor connections above-ground and out of puddles. Don’t run them across driveways and/or walkways.

Installing Decorations:

  • Usually, you can safely connect no more than three light strings. Read manufacturers’ instructions for directions
  • Make sure bulbs don’t touch supply cords, wires, cloth, paper, or any material that’s not part of the light string
  • Use the proper clips for securing lights and decorations. Staples and nails can damage electrical cords
  • Holiday decorations aren’t designed for year-round use and can deteriorate over time. Take them down when the holidays are over (your neighbors will also thank you!).
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