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How to Keep Safe with Your Christmas D?cor The holidays are almost here, folks, that most magical time of the year when more than 32 million families around America States bring their motorized Santas, blinking lights and other ornaments back to life while getting ready for that much loved pastime during December: decorating. Though holiday decorating is essentially about building an atmosphere of warmth and fun during this very special season, you need to take note that several of our favorite decorations are electrically operated. Keep a totally avoidable accident at bay by following the holiday d?cor safety tips below: > Stick to UL-listed electric decorations, lights and extension cords.
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> If the plan is to decorate outdoors, don’t use lights and decorations that are not rated for this type of use. If you put indoor-only products outside, exposed to the weather, this can lead to fire and electric shock hazards.
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> When in doubt about whether or not light strings are rated for outdoor or indoor use, inspect the product’s package and look for the color-coded UL mark – green for indoor and red for both indoor and outdoor. > Brand-new or used, all electric decorations, especially lights, and extension cords should be checked before being set up. Carefully examine the bulbs, wire insulation and plugs. Have any problems professionally checked and fixed before using the d?cor. Note that there are damages that could not be repaired, like those that affect plugs and cords. If such a case, the best thing to do is to discard the item. > Always unplug the lights before doing any repairs. > If you must replace a bulb in a string of Christmas lights, be sure that the wattage rating of the new bulb matches the light strand’s. Overheating and fire can result when the bulb’s wattage is too high. > Avoid electrocution when hanging Christmas lights outdoors by using a ladder made of non-conductive materials, such as wood and fiberglass. > Lights and decorations should only be used according to manufacturers’ instructions. > Know the safe number of light strands that can be connected end-to-end (3 is the norm) before you begin decorating. > Avoid overloading extension cords. Before you begin plugging in, know your extension cord’s wattage rating, ensuring it is higher than the overall power requirements of your lights and decors. Otherwise, the cord can overheat and cause a fire. > Christmas light wires should be check from time to time to make sure they are cool to the touch. Again, a fire can occur otherwise. > Lastly, turn off all Christmas lights and decors before you go to bed or leave the house.