Holiday Safety
Make Safety a Tradition
  • Check each holiday light string before using it. If you find a frayed cord, a damaged plug, or a rusted light socket, discard the string.
  • Use the correct lights for the job. Don't use outdoor lights indoors; they usually burn hotter than indoor lights. Also, do not use indoor lights outdoors because they may not be waterproof.
  • Never staple or nail through electrical wires and always keep a bulb in each socket.
  • Avoid overloading electrical circuits and connect lights to power strips that have a built-in circuit breaker and several outlets.
  • Remind children never to touch lights or plugs with wet hands. Remember to unplug indoor lights when going to bed.
  • Don't use extension cords that are frayed or have cracked insulation or damaged plugs. Extension cords can be a big help, but if not used properly they can lead to fires.
  • LED lights are safer - they remain cool regardless of how long they have been on, and they are more durable, with bulbs that are virtually indestructible.
  • Cutting a tree near power lines can be very dangerous. Make sure you look up to ensure there are no power lines contacting the tree before you begin cutting. Never attempt to remove a tree that has fallen into a power line. This action could result in serious injury, even death.