Holiday Lighting Safety Checklist

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Professional Associates

Before you plug in and light up for the holidays, run your decorations through this quick safety check.  So I guess I shouldn't staple THROUGH the light cord?  I also don't see where duct tape isn't recommended...hmmmm.  Who wants to help me with the lights?

Inspect light strings. Discard any that are damaged. Frayed or cracked electrical cords or broken sockets are leading fire hazards.

Follow the manufacturer's instructions for connecting multiple strings. The general limit is three strings.  Light strings with stacked plugs can usually accommodate greater lengths than end-to-end connections.

Replace burned-out bulbs promptly. Empty sockets can cause the entire string to overheat.

Make sure outdoor lighting is UL-rated for exterior use. Exterior lights, unlike those used inside the house, need to be weather-resistant. The same goes for any extension cords used outdoors.

Don't use outdoor lights indoors. They're too hot for interior use. For the coolest bulbs and greatest energy efficiency, try LED lights, which come in a wide range of styles and colors.

Don't attach light strings with nails or staples. They can cut through the wire insulation and create a fire hazard. Only use UL-approved hangers.

Take exterior lights down within 90 days. The longer they stay up, the more likely they are to suffer damage from weather and critters chewing on them.

Store lights safely. Tangled lights can lead to damaged cords and broken sockets. After the holidays, coil each string loosely around a stiff piece of cardboard, wrap it in paper or fabric to protect the bulbs, and store in a sturdy container until next year.

Pat Curry is a former senior editor at BUILDER, the official magazine of the National Association of Home Builders, and a frequent contributor to real estate and home-building publications.

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Paula Stills
RE/MAX Real Estate Results - Bentonville, AR
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Good Morning Amy, great tips thanks....Make it a great day.

Dec 02, 2010 10:03 PM #1
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Laura Strunk
Keller Williams Realty Centre - Ellicott City, MD
Howard County Maryland Realtor

This is great information.  I may use some of this information in my facebooks Real Estate Tips of the day.   I will credit you!

Dec 02, 2010 10:18 PM #2
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Very good tips for holiday safety. Thanks for sharing.

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Dec 02, 2010 10:50 PM #3
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Dan Edward Phillips
Dan Edward Phillips - Eureka, CA
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Good Morning Amy, excellent list for the home owner for the holidays!

Dec 02, 2010 11:44 PM #4
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Laura Strunk
Keller Williams Realty Centre - Ellicott City, MD
Howard County Maryland Realtor

Amy - I used your information on a community on line newspaper in Maryland.  I credited it to you in the article.  Here ist he link

 

http://villageconnector.com/howardcountymd/?p=4734

 

 

 

Dec 03, 2010 09:28 AM #5
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Laura - thank you!  I hope it helps everyone have a safe and happy holiday!

Dec 03, 2010 09:48 PM #6
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