The holiday season won’t be complete without the dancing (and singing) Christmas lights! Before you get the boxes of your decorations and start hanging them around your home, there are a few things you need to keep in mind.
Here are some safety tips to make sure that these cheery Christmas items can’t bring danger to you and your family.
Inspect the Christmas Lights!
Carefully check your Christmas lights for missing or broken bulbs that can cause cuts, electrical shock, or fires. Inspect them also for loose connections, frayed or damaged cords before plugging in. Let a qualified electrician work with you for inspection and repairs if need be.
Use the All-in-One Clips
Instead of using nails or tacks when hanging your Christmas lights, use the all-in-one clips. They are safer compared to staples or screws that can potentially damage your roof and other places around your house. Plus, they are easy to install and remove, leaving your home with no holes or any scratch.
When plugging in your Christmas lights, please follow the rule of three. That means no more than three sets of your indoor and outdoor lights should be connected into a single extension cord. By doing this, will reduce the chance of overheating and fire accidents.
Don’t Leave Your Lights On Overnight
Turn your Christmas lights off before you go to bed or every time you leave the house. This way, your bulbs won’t overheat, minimizing the risk of fire mishaps. This may seem inconvenient to you, try using an automated timer or a remote control that can shut off the lights with just one click.
Place Your Extension Cords Properly
Don’t run your cables or cords across the living room or through windows and doors. Instead, elevate the plugs and connections to prevent tripping hazards and pulling over your Christmas tree or other decorations.
Consider Using LED & UL-Certified Lights
When buying your holiday lights, look for Underwriters Laboratories (UL) seal. That means the lights have been tested and verified and passed the global safety standards. Additionally, (LED) lights can help you lower your electric bill this holiday season. They use 75% less electricity and are more durable compared to traditional Christmas lights.
Safety First & Always!
Enjoy a safe Christmas time with your loved ones by following these safety tips, and for more helpful information, feel free to contact our expert team at Johnston’s Heating & Cooling, LLC.