The mesmerizing twinkle of lights is one of the hallmarks of the holidays. To ensure the magic doesn’t turn tragic, here are 10 lighting safety rules to keep in mind this season:
- Choose the right light for the job: light strings and other decorations are rated for indoor or outdoor use. Read the package instructions, and never exceed the recommended wattage .
- Buy holiday decorations that have the mark of an accredited certification agency on the package – and be sure to check for the appropriate approval sticker appearing on the cord for products incorporating light strings.
- Avoid plugging too many lights and decorations into an outlet. Overloaded circuits can overheat and start a fire.
- Don’t run extension cords under carpets, through doorways, or in places where they can be damaged by furniture.
- Keep outdoor connections above-ground and out of puddles; don’t run them across driveways and/or walkways.
- No more than three light strings can be safely connected together in most cases—read manufactures 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.
- Watch that children don’t put electrical decorations or cords in their mouths, and keep an eye on pets that may chew or damage electrical cords.
- Remember to turn off holiday lights and decorations when you leave the house or go to bed.
- Holiday decorations aren’t designed for year-round use and can deteriorate over time. Take them down when the season is over.
When in doubt, always call in a professional for help. Interested in other holiday lighting safety tips? Call The Merenda Team today at 416-240-SOLD (7653)