Holiday Lighting Safety

The holiday season is here, which means you are probably getting ready to decorate your home inside and out! Colorful lighting is a fun way to show your holiday spirit, but it must be placed with caution. If using old lighting, check the strands for cracked cords, frayed ends or loose connections. If using new lights, make sure to inspect them before use.

Here are some tips to follow to have a safe holiday season:

#1 Inspect Light Strings

Discard any that are damaged because they may be a fire hazard.

#2 Replace Burned-Out Bulbs

Empty sockets may cause the entire string to overheat so replace them as soon as possible.

#3 Make Sure Outdoor Lighting is Weather Resistant

It is extremely important to make sure you are buying the correct lighting for the conditions you are using it in. The same goes for extension cords.

#4 Don’t Attach Light Strings with Nails or Staples

They can cut through the wire insulation and create a fire hazard. Instead use outdoor approved hangers.

#5 Take Exterior Lights Down Within 90 Days

Sometimes we get lazy and leave lights up for months after the holiday season. The longer they stay up, the more likely they are to suffer damage, so remove them as soon as possible.

#6 Store Lights Safely

Tangled lights can lead to damaged cords and empty sockets. After the holidays, wrap each string loosely around a piece of cardboard, fold fabric over it to protect the bulbs, and store it in a container until next year.

If you have any lighting concerns this holiday season, make sure to call Eaton Electric.