Holiday Electrical Safety

By: Steve Ham, Lofton Safety Services

Dec 2, 2020

December is here! It’s the season to trim the tree and make your home merry and bright with those twinkling lights. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, nearly 400 household fires each year are caused by holiday lights and decorations. As you get those boxes of Christmas decorations and try to untangle the lights, be sure to follow some simple safety tips to ensure a safe and very Merry Christmas.   

  • When taking lights out of storage, be sure to inspect lights for frayed wires, broken sockets or other signs of wear. Test each light string before use.
  • When purchasing new lights, be sure to check the package for indoor or outdoor use. Putting indoor-only products outside in the weather can result in electric shock and fire hazards.
  • If you are in doubt as to whether light strings are rated for indoor or outdoor use, just check the color-coded UL mark on the package. A green holographic UL mark says, “indoors only, please,” while a red one indicates that the product is safe for both indoor and outdoor use.
  • Use nonflammable decorations. If you use an artificial tree, choose one that is tested and labeled as fire resistant. Artificial trees with built-in electrical systems should have a UL label.
  • Avoid connecting more than three strings of lights together.
  • DO NOT route extension cords under rugs or near walkways.
  • Keep electrical connections off the ground. There are lots of products and easy DIY ideas to keep connections dry. 
  • Turn off or unplug holiday lights late at night or when you are away from home. Use a timer to automatically turn lights on and off based on a set schedule.


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