· Select lights that have been independently tested by a safety and compliance organization. Tested products will generally have a label.
· Follow all usage directions before installing lighting to ensure that you are not increasing your risk of starting a fire.
· Inspect all lights before using them and discard those with damaged cords or plugs. Also, make sure the lights are unplugged before replacing any bulbs.
· Use a ladder made of nonconductive materials when you hang lights outside to reduce the risk of electrocution.
· Check to see if your lights are meant for indoor or outdoor use. Indoor lights can cause electrocution or fire if used outside.
· Unplug all of your lights before leaving your house or heading to bed for the night.
· Set up your tree at least 3 feet away from any source of heat if your decorations involve a Christmas tree.
· Discard your tree after two weeks. Trees tend to dry out at this point and are more prone to becoming highly flammable.
· Be careful with wiring. If you blow a fuse while decorating, discard the faulty light string or decoration to avoid further issues.