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Light it Up: Christmas Lights Safety
The turkey is eaten and the extended family is gone for now, but there’s no rest for the wicked when it comes to the holidays and when they come back for Christmas, you’ll want your home shining. Literally, a decorated house is one of the best holiday time traditions that not only lights up your home, but the entire neighborhood.
Whether you’re simply adding some trimming or coordinating a major light show, putting lights up on your house takes some work and general safety. Work with electricity, no matter how low the voltage, can still be unpredictable, so in the interest of keeping safe, here are some tips.
Keeping with the Times
Always opt for newer and smaller Christmas lights when decorating. Unlike older models, newer lights are smaller and run cooler. Older lights burn hot and are encased in larger bulbs that are more susceptible to breaking. This is important in terms of avoiding fires.
Newer lights also have fuses built into the plugs that give you better control of the flow of electricity and serve as an emergency cutoff when needed. As always, inspects the lights you plan to use, even if they are new. If they are damaged, do not use them and exchange them for another set if possible.
Light placement is also important when it comes to safety. Be sure to use outdoor lights and extension cords when placing lights and using indoor lights and cords inside. Ensure that equipment is properly labeled and designed for specific use.
If you have a metal tree, do not place lights on it. The metal can serve as a conductor that can shock you or guests. When placing lights outside, always avoid power lines and feeder lines. It is extremely dangerous to have lights hanging off or in contact with active power lines.
Last but not least, never leave lights on overnight and always make sure they are properly mounted in a safe manner. Have a set time to have your lights on and make sure to shut them off during the late night and when leaving for extended periods of time. Also make sure they are mounted with insulated holders and not tacks or nails.
Looking Good and Being Safe
At Shepard Walton King, we want your house looking its best while being safe. We specialize in offering the peace of mind you need to know that your home is hazard-free. If you would like to learn more about how we can help you find coverage, let us know.