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Holiday Fire Hazard - Electrical

12/13/2017 (Permalink)

The more holiday lights the better, right? Well, that may not always be the case around your home. Safety must take the priority over dazzling, when it comes to stringing up lights or other electrical decorations. Electrical safety is especially important in older homes. Why? Most likely the electrical wiring and/or circuit breaker are not up to today's codes. Is the electrical in your home to code?

Make sure you buy holiday lights that have been tested for safety by an independent laboratory -check for a label.

Follow directions for safety,

  • Don’t hang indoor lights outside – or vice versa
  • Don’t plug too many items into an electrical socket.
  • Don’t string together more than 3 strands of lights, Gaffrey said.
  • Don’t connect LED lights and non-LED light strands.

Damaged holiday lights

Besides untangling your light sets, inspect them to make sure they are in good condition. This means checking for exposed wires or shattered bulbs and sockets since they pose a fire hazard.

In most cases, light sets should be replaced unless it is just a bulb that needs changing. Sometimes pets can chew on wires, so you may need to inspect often. If you need to buy new lights, LED lights tend to be cooler and significantly reduce the risk of fire. LED lights are also shatterproof and shock resistant.

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