Hanging Holiday Lights? Follow These 4 Safety Tips

When the holidays arrive, you will start thinking about decorating, which often includes hanging outdoor lights. It is important that you follow these safety tips to avoid accidents or injuries.

Check All The Light Bulbs

Every time you pull a string of lights out of the holiday box, you need to check them for any missing or broken bulbs. Having a broken bulb doesn't just take away from the overall appearance of the lights when they are lit up at night, but it can also become an electrical hazard. All bulbs in the string of lights need to be lit, secured in the socket, and not have any cracks in them. Go down the line of lights, looking at each bulb to check its quality. Replace any missing or broken light bulbs while the string of lights is unplugged. Plug it in to be sure all lights are working properly.

Inspect the Cords For Fraying

When you are inspecting the string of lights for the bulbs, you should also be looking at the cord itself. You don't want to use a cord that has any fraying, cracks, or exposed wire underneath the plastic coating. If it is damaged, you will need to dispose of the lights and replace them with a brand new set. Fraying and exposed wires can cause a major electrical hazard in your home. You could get electrocuted when plugging it in, cause a shortage of your home's electrical system, or even cause a fire in the outlet.

Don't Wrap Lights Around Heat Sources

It is also important that you be careful where you hang the lights. You want to keep them from any heat sources inside and outside your home. Never hang lights around a portable heater or central heating system, on the fireplace itself, or where candles might be burning. Also avoid hanging them near a furnace or water heater. While many people hang lights near a fireplace, keep them around the edge of the fireplace unless you don't plan to light a fire while they are hung.

Make Sure the Lights Are For the Right Use

Holiday lights are labeled for indoor or outdoor use, while some are labeled for both. Make sure you read the box carefully and are using them for the right purpose. Indoor-only lights do not come with extra protection from wind, rain and snow, so they should only be used indoors. If you want to hang lights outside your home, only use those intended for exterior use.

If you have any questions about your lights or you are concerned about any electrical safety issues, contact a company like G.J. Rossi & Son to come examine your lights and electrical situation.