Smart Ideas: Holidays Revisited

Tips for Safe Christmas Decorating The holidays are almost here, folks, that most magical time of the year when more than 32 million families around America States bring their motorized Santas, blinking lights and other ornaments back to life while getting ready for that much loved pastime during December: decorating. Although holiday decorating is mainly about creating a warm and fun atmosphere for a very special season, you have to remember that a lot of our favorite decorations run on electricity. Stop a needless accident from taking the enjoyment out of your holidays by learning the following tips on d?cor safety: > Stick to UL-listed electric decorations, lights and extension cords.
A Quick Overlook of Holidays – Your Cheatsheet
> If the plan is to decorate outdoors, don’t use lights and decorations that are not rated for this type of use. Indoor-only products exposed outside in the weather can bring electric shock as well as fire hazards.
A Quick Overlook of Holidays – Your Cheatsheet
> If you’re in doubt whether light strings are made for the outdoors or indoors, just look at the color-coded UL mark on the product’s label – red for both indoor and outdoor and just green for indoor. > Brand-new or used, all electric decorations, especially lights, and extension cords should be checked before being set up. Examine plugs, bulbs and wire insulation. Have any problems professionally checked and fixed before using the d?cor. Some damages though may be irreparable, usually those that involve the cords and plugs. In such a case, simply discard the d?cor. > Lights should be unplugged before changing bulbs or fuses or doing any type of repair. > If you have to replace some bulbs in a string of Christmas lights, make sure their wattage rating is a match to that of the light strand. Overheating and fire can result when the bulb’s wattage is too high. > Avoid electrocution when hanging Christmas lights outdoors by using a ladder made of non-conductive materials, such as wood and fiberglass. > Lights and decorations should only be used according to manufacturers’ instructions. > Before decorating, check how how many strands of lights can be safely connected end-to-end (the general rule is 3). > Avoid overloading extension cords. Always check your extension cord’s wattage rating, making sure the combined power requirements of your lights or decors do not exceed it. Otherwise, the cord can overheat and cause a fire. > Christmas light wires must stay cool to the touch, so check yours from time to time. Again, a fire can occur otherwise. > Finally, do not go to bed or leave the house unless all your lights and decorations have been turned off.