Christmas lights are a beautiful addition to the holiday season. Strung from homes and trees, they make festive decorations. Take a few precautions to make sure your lights are safe and don't pose a fire hazard for you or your neighbors.
Things You'll Need
- Christmas Tree Lights
- Fire Extinguishers
- Combination Smoke/carbon Monoxide Detectors
- Heavy-duty Extension Cords
Keep Christmas lights stored in a covered box, wrapped neatly around a plastic light organizer, or just loosely wrapped, untangled.
Check each and every light for broken or non-functioning bulbs. Discard lights that don't work and replace with new bulbs.
Make sure cords and wiring are intact. Avoid frayed cords - discard immediately if frayed.
Know that there are separate lights for indoor and outdoor use. Use indoor lights inside your home, and UL-approved outdoor lights outside.
Turn off all Christmas lights when you go to bed.
Use mini, low-voltage lights on a tree. The large lights generate too much heat and can dry out your tree faster, making it a fire hazard.
Tips & Warnings
- Stress fire safety to your family around the December holiday season, when matches, candles and decorative lights are being used much more.
- Keep a fire extinguisher handy in your home and have functional smoke detectors installed.
- If a fire breaks out in your home, leave immediately and call 911 from a neighbor's home.
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