Keep An Eye Out For These Common Safety Glitches:
Holiday Lights: Carefully inspect holiday light strings each year and discard any with frayed cords, cracked lamp holders, or loose connections. When replacing bulbs, unplug the light string and be sure to match voltage and wattage to the original bulb.
Lights Out: Always turn off lights when you leave the house unattended or when going to bed.
Fresh Tree: Try to purchase a freshly cut tree, as they are more resistant to ignition. Keep your Christmas tree watered and away from fireplace or open candles.
Timing: Use a certified outdoor timer to switch lights on and off. Lights should be turned on after 7 p.m. to avoid the electricity rush hour.
Check for Certification: When purchasing light strings, extension cords, spotlights, electrical decorations, look for the certification mark of an accredited certification organization with applicable standards for safety and performance.
The Great Outdoors: When hanging outdoor lights, keep electrical connectors off the ground and away from metal rain gutters. Use insulated tape or plastic clips instead of metal nails or tacks to hold them in place.