With the holiday season in full swing, it’s time to decorate your home for this festive season! While hanging up holiday lights is something that almost every homeowner does, many people forget to follow the proper safety precautions in the process. As you are preparing for the upcoming holiday, consider these quick and easy safety tips for setting up your holiday lights this year.
Read the Directions Carefully
Although it may sound obvious, reading the directions enclosed with your holiday lights is a crucial safety measure before starting your decorating process. Before you begin hanging your lights outdoors, it is essential to make sure that the lights you are using are outdoor lights as well. Be sure to follow the directions provided by the manufacturer to reduce the risk of a fire hazard. As a general safety measure, it is best to avoid attaching more than three strings of lights together at once.
Check Bulbs and Wires Before Decorating
After you have read the instructions for the lights, it is crucial to check your lights before decorating. With this, it is essential to carefully examine each string of lights that you plan to use for any crack lights or damaged wires. If you notice any of these issues with your lights, dispose of the damaged string and purchase new ones to use. This simple step is also another essential safety measure for decorating your home this season.
Check Your Power Source
Once your lights are arranged in your favorite holiday design, it is crucial to ensure that you are prepared with the proper power equipment to light your holiday lights. With this in mind, consider whether or not you may also need a surge protector to prevent a fire hazard. If you are using a surge protector, be sure to avoid running cords under rugs or parts of your home with high foot traffic. For outdoor lights, make sure you are plugging them into outlets that include GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) protection to avoid a potentially dangerous electric shock!
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