Christmas Light Displays

Christmas Light Displays are Beautiful! But Are Yours Safe?

Christmas Light Display

It’s that time of year again, time for the holidays, the fun, the food and the decorations.

There aren’t many things more beautiful than to drive down a street where homes are lit up with strings of lights.

Who doesn’t enjoy seeing these festive Christmas light displays?

But did you know that hundreds of homes each year are damaged by fire due to faulty electrical wiring?

Take time for safety

Now more than ever you should take extra care when hanging your lights on your home or yard displays by using these safety tips:

  • Use the smaller light bulbs – the larger 7-volt lights burn much hotter than the mini bulbs.
    • When they are too close to gutters filled with dry leaves, the larger bulbs become an extreme fire hazard.
  • Strings of lights should have built in fuses on the line, which may be located in the plug itself.
  • Definitely only use lights that are designated for outdoor use.
    • Inside use bulbs are not as strong and cannot withstand the weather.
  • When one of the bulbs burns out, be sure to replace it with the same volt size.
  • Use UL rated extension cords for Christmas Light DisplaysUse extension cords that are rated for outdoor use, and be sure they are plugged into a grounded source.
  • Never pull on a string of lights
    • When it’s necessary to move or time to remove them, pulling puts strain on the cord and can cause fraying, which is an electrical hazard.
  • Hang your lights carefully, avoid using nails or staples as they may pierce the cords.
  • Put your lights on a timer for energy efficiency. The optimum time would be from about 5 pm – 11 pm.

Holidays are meant to enjoy – make yours a safe one!

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**originally published 12/4/10


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