Holiday Lighting Safety Checklist

By
Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Real EstateGroup.com

       Before you plug in and light up for the holidays, run your decorations through this quick safety check. Read more

          

          

Holiday lights safety

                               Holiday Lighting Safety Checklist

By: Pat Curry

Published: November 18, 2009

Before you plug in and light up for the holidays, run your decorations through this quick safety check.

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.

 

 

Visit HouseLogic.com for more articles like this.

© Copyright 2010 NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®

Posted by

Peggy

Peggy  Harmeyer & Associates

RE/MAX Real Estate Group

932 Shadyview Blvd.

Pleasant Hill, Ia 50327

Licensed in the State of Iowa

Peggy : 515-208-8132 

Caitlyn: 515-321-3821

Peggy@PeggyHarmeyer.com

An Independently Owned and Operated Member RE/MAX Real Estate Group

Information is believed to be accurate but should not be relied on without verification.

close

This entry hasn't been re-blogged:

Re-Blogged By Re-Blogged At
Tags:
homes
holiday lighting
safety checklist
light up for the holidays

Spam prevention
Show All Comments
Rainmaker
613,650
Todd & Devona Garrigus
Garrigus Real Estate - Beaumont, CA
Broker / REALTORS®

Peggy - This is a great safety list. Sometimes when we do things at home we forget to mind our safelty rules, and this serves as a good reminder!

Dec 05, 2010 07:37 AM #1
Show All Comments

What's the reason you're reporting this blog entry?

Are you sure you want to report this blog entry as spam?

Rainmaker
63,308

Peggy Harmeyer- Harmeyer Team

Licensed in the State of Iowa
Ask me a question
*
*
*
*

Additional Information