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Holiday Lighting Safety Tips

Getting into the holiday spirit means bringing out your favorite holiday lights and ornaments. Consider these electrical safety tips to help you avoid common electrical hazards and fires that could be sparked with holiday decorations. 

Use Battery-Operated Candles
Decorate with and use battery-operated candles as they provide the same effect as a burning candle but are much less dangerous. 

Be Mindful of Flammable Objects 
Never drape anything over a light bulb or lamp shade.

Consider LED Lights
You may want to use LED lights since they generate less heat and last up to 20 times longer than traditional incandescent lights.

Don’t Overdo It 
Never connect more than three strands of incandescent lights per extension cord because they could blow a fuse and increase the risk of an electrical hazard or fire. Read the manufacturers instructions to become familiar with how many strands are safe for LED holiday lights. 

Related: How to choose the correct extension cord.

Inspect Bulbs, Plugs and Wiring 
Remember to inspect decorations that have been in storage and dispose of any that have cracked or frayed wiring since these can cause electrical shocks, burns or fires. If you need to replace bulbs or fuses for your electrical decorations, be sure to unplug them first. 

Ensure Your Ladder is Stable and Secure 
When hanging lights outdoors, use a wooden or fiberglass ladder.

Turn off Lights Before Bed
Before going to bed or leaving your home, remember to turn off all indoor and outdoor holiday lighting.

For more electrical safety tips, visit on.sce.com/staysafe