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Hansen Electric Wishes You a Very Safe Holiday Season!
~ 10 Holiday Season Lights Safety Tips ~
- Use only lights safety-certified by Underwriters laboratories (UL) or another recognized testing agency.
- Before plugging in any lights – old or new – check for cracked or loose sockets and connections, exposed wires, and frayed, broken or scorched insulation. Then put the lights on a nonflammable surface and plug them in for 10 or 15 minutes to check for melting, smoking or overheating. Throw away any string of lights showing flaws.
- Be careful not to overload electrical outlets. Never string more than three sets of lights on an extension cord.
- Do not string lights behind drapes or under carpets.
- Turn off the lights when leaving the house and before going to bed.
- Never put lights on a metal tree: if they malfunction, a person could get shocked by touching any part of the tree.
- Never use indoor lights outdoors; they aren’t waterproof and could short-circuit. Always use grounded and weather-proof extension cords with outdoor lights.
- Don’t use outdoor lights indoors; they are hotter than indoor lights. If you are using a ladder, avoid contact with overhead power lines when setting up your ladder, stringing lights, or working on the roof.
- Plug all outdoor holiday lights into a special receptacle called a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI). This receptacle is special because it provides protection from electrical shocks. A GFCI receptacle will have two buttons: “test” and “reset.” If your receptacle has these, then you have a GFCI receptacle.
- Another option is to purchase an inexpensive extension cord set that has a built-in GFCI receptacle. First plug the GFCI cord set into the outdoor outlet and then plug your other extension cords and holiday lights in the GFCI cord set.
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