Holiday lighting safety
Lights and trees
- Check each set of lights, new or old, for broken or cracked sockets, loose connections, or frayed or bare wires. Discard all damaged cords.
- Don't connect lights while adjusting them on a tree or house. Inspect lights and plug them together before hanging.
- Indoors or out, use only lights that have been tested for safety. The lights should have the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) label.
- Don't let light bulbs rest on tree needles and branches. Use a clip or twist-tie to keep bulbs upright.
- Watch young children around lights and decorations with small pieces that could be ingested.
- Unplug tree lights and decorative outdoor lighting before leaving the house or going to bed.
- If you buy an artificial tree, check for a "flame resistant" label.
- Buy LED holiday lights. They are not only longer-lasting, but they don't get hot to the touch, so they're a lot safer. If you're shopping for LED holiday lights, be sure to visit the SRP Marketplace.
Cords and outlets
- Don't overload outlets or extension cords.
- Keep cords out of water and away from metal objects.
- To hook up your outdoor lighting, use a three-prong grounded extension cord with the UL label.
- Uncoil extension cords completely before using, and be sure to place them away from heat sources and bulbs.
- Never place cords under rugs and doors or through windows where they might be pinched or become worn.
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Overloaded circuits, Christmas trees and holiday lights are responsible for fires that damage and destroy hundreds of homes each year. Stay safe this holiday season by following these key tips.