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Festive lights are a staple for many Americans during the holidays. Although fun, they come with safety risks if not taken care of properly.

How can we identify all the risk that comes with the holidays? Below you will find our short list of ways to prevent accidents and mitigate risk, that way Santa won't slip when coming down the chimney!

· 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.

 

Even with the proper safety precautions, accidents can still happen. Monitor all of your lighting and decor during the holidays to ensure you’re keeping yourself and your home safe.

For more information and tips on how to keep your home safe from holiday decoration hazards, contact us today!

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